SALUFAT Sule, the wife of Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, has distributed COVID-19 preventive equipment to 248 secondary schools across the state.
Speaking while distributing the items on Thursday in Lafia, the governor’s wife said that the donation was done through her foundation, the Salifat Abdullahi Sule Foundation (SASF).
Sule, who was represented by Mr Emmanuel Ari; the Coordinator of SASF, said that the gesture was aimed at complementing the efforts being made by the state government to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
She explained that the foundation distributed the items to ensure that secondary schools in the state remain safe.
Sule listed the items distributed to the schools in Southern and Northern Senatorial Zones as 3, 800 liquid soap, 2, 000 hand sanitiser and 800 wash hand basins.
She also promised to support the remaining secondary schools as well as other sectors affected by the pandemic.
The first lady called on the management of the benefiting schools to ensure that the items were used for the purpose they were meant for.
In his remarks, Mr Emmanuel Akabe, the Deputy Governor of the state represented by Mr Ahmed Yahaya,the Commissioner for Health, expressed gratitude to the first lady for the support.
Akabe, who is also the Chairman of COVID-19 taskforce in the state, urged the public to maintain hygiene and observe other safety protocols, saying that the virus is still very much around.
Receiving the items, Hajiya Fatu Sabo, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, assured the first lady that the items would be judiciously utilised.
The commissioner said that education is the topmost priority of the state government, and that it allocated 26 per cent of its 2020 budget to the sector in compliance with UNESCO’s recommendation.
She assured the members of the public that the state government would continue to put all necessary COVID-19 safety measures in place to prevent the spread of the virus in schools.
Sabo said that the ministry had set up a monitoring team to ensure total compliance with COVID-19 protocols by private schools. (NAN)
Oct. 15 2020 @ 13:55 GMT