The Ebonyi State Government has commenced the production of 200,000 face masks to be shared among the state’s residents.
The Special Assistant to Governor David Umahi on Vocational Education, Barr. Adaeze Nwaji, who disclosed this on Tuesday, said it was part of measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus disease in the state.
He said the government took the decision after observing that the product was scarce and costly in the state.
“Our dear Governor, Chief David Umahi has directed Ebonyi State Vocational College to produce two hundred thousand (200,000) face masks for the people of the state”, she said.
This comes barely 24 hours after Umahi banned the movement of people outside their homes without face masks and further directed security agents as well as the Anti-coronavirus taskforce to arrest defaulters.
This Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, who doubles as the Acting Commissioner for Human Capital Development and Monitoring, Mr Uchenna Orji, stated this in a statement.
“Effective from 4th of April, 2020 and throughout the entire Ebonyi State, anybody that is seen outside his or her house must wear a face mask. Note that Handkerchief/Head tie/pre-made medical mask could serve the purpose of face mask.
“Security agencies, all sub-committees on COVID-19, Chairmen of Local Government Areas, Coordinators and indeed all Government officials are hereby directed to arrest anyone seen outside his/her home anywhere in Ebonyi State without wearing face mask.”
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