Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Akeredolu

Toluwalope Jombo – Akure

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Akeredolu has given grant to more than 400 tailors to produce nose mask to citizens in the state.

Ondo state government targets production and distribution of at least 600,000 nose mask.

Akeredolu flag off the distribution of nose mask on Thursday 8th May, and gave out hundreds of nose mask sewn by the tailors in the state.

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“As at now, we have 100,000 face mask, and we are still expecting 500,000 face mask for every citizens in the state. The distribution is not for party members, and it is not meant to be sold. It is free. We will ensure everyone gets facemask across the 18 Local Governments”

“This exercise is one of the numerous efforts geared towards combating the spread of the pandemic, code named COVID-19. Despite the fact that the Pandemic is ravaging the whole world, our government is adopting exceptional measures to contain the scourge in our dear state.

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“This initiative of massive production and distribution of nose masks is borne out of our desire to always put people first in our dealings and feelings. As a responsive Government to the yearnings of its people, our administration has put in place some measures to cushion the effects of the hardship occasioned by the preventive lockdown replaced to stem the spread of the virus.”

“The realisation of the negative impacts on the economic activities of our State and its resultant consequences on the livelihood of the citizens compelled this initiative” he said.

Akeredolu reiterate on the production of the Face mask according to the specifications of International Health Organisations standard and of course, the materials deployed for the production met the prescribed medical standard world over.

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“It is pertinent to also reiterate that wearing of nose masks in public places is now mandatory for every resident in the State. The enforcement of this measure has already commenced. We urge you all to keep the use of the mask as a must to prevent yourself and your family from contracting or spreading the virus.

“This Government places the welfare of our citizens first; we have the pleasure to inform you that our tailors working on the production processes are happy”

“It is significant for me to inform the public that henceforth, whoever is arrested for not wearing the nose mask will be kept in the isolation centre for 14 days and have his or her specimen taken to be tested for the virus; such individual will be responsible for his or her upkeep at the centre” he said.

Also speaking, Vice Chancellor of University of Medicine, Professor Adesegun Fatusi spoke on public health measures, locking down the state,the infection and the stay of COVID-19 in the State for a while.

He further said the ultimate instrument for public health in the stopping of COVID-19 is the face mask because it is a disease that spreads through droplet.

“This is a disease gotten by droplet, and the only measure to be used is total compliance to the using of face mask. And the State Government has done a lot to the State at this crucial time in the State by empowering tailors in the State in producing face mask” he said.

The chairman committee on production of nose mask Mr. Muhammad Gani expressed his delight towards the project being considered by the Governor at this crucial time.

“Empowering our local tailors in the 18 local government areas of the state is a dream come through by the Governor. The opportunity to get tailors in the State to produce face mask has brought joy to many of them.”

One of the tailors, Oluwatosin thanked the state government for considering them worthy to benefit from the grant.