The Kwara State Government is planning the production of nearly one million masks locally for distribution as parts of measure to contain the spread of COVID – 19 virus.
The State Governor, Mallam AbdulRaman AbdulRasaq who dropped the hint in Ilorin at a meeting with Civil Society Organization said the government was reviewing its lockdown strategy to ensure that the economy of the state bounce back.
He said this might lead to Kwara gradually allowing people to return to work under specific safety measures.
This was coming just as the grand patron of Nigerian Union of Tailors, Alhaji Abdulmumin Sanni-Jawondo advocated for partnership between Kwara State Government and Nigerian Union of Tailors on large scale production of face masks and maintained that the collaboration would eventually boost the state economy.
Jawondo in a statement from his media office in Ilorin said he had earlier directed the leadership of Nigerian Union of Tailors, Kwara state chapter to officially write the committee on the potentials of the proposed collaboration by opening up a workable discussion towards the mass production of face masks for the entire state.
The founder and the President of Alhaji Abdulmumin Sanni Jawondo foundation, said that Nigerian Union of Tailors have the capacity to produce quality, affordable and accessible face masks for Kwarans and Nigeria in general to guard against COVID- 19 global pandemic.
The philanthropist added that some states in Nigeria like Niger, Oyo and Cross Rivers states had also adopted same collaborative arrangement with their respective States’ Tailoring Unions with positive outcomes.
The seasoned Chartered Accountant urged Kwarans to form the habit of wearing face mask when going out at this moment that the nation and states are recording increase in the rate of confirmed cases of the deadly virus.