COVID-19: Sokoto acquires 810 hand washing machines
From Umar Danladi Ado, Sokoto
Sokoto State Government has provided 810 foot operated mechanical mobile hand washing facilities to the general public in an effort to curb the spread of Coronavirus pandemic across the state.
Similarly, Unilever Nigeria Limited has donated 879,000 pieces of Sunlight bar soaps as part of its corporate social responsibility to checkmate the virus.
The presentation of the machine and donation of the soaps were done at a ceremony held at Government House, Sokoto, in collaboration with the state Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), UNICEF and Unilever.
Speaking at the brief ceremony, Governor Aminu Tambuwal said the hand washing equipment will go a long way in underscoring the message that people need to continuously wash their hands to protect them from getting infected with the COVID-19 disease.
He explained that the state government deemed it necessary to provide the facilities in view of their importance in fighting the disease which requires consistence hand washing machines and soaps.
Tambuwal thanked Unilever for donating the soaps and also applauded UNICEF for supporting the initiatives.
He also maintained that the machines will be distributed to public places which include mosques, churches, market, hospitals among others across the 23 Local Governments in the state.
In his address, the Special Adviser on RUWASSA, Alhaji Sani Naguru, thanked the governor for approving the production of the machines.
In another development, BUA Plc has donated three brand new ambulances to the state government to boost its efforts to fight against the COVID-19 disease.
The donation was presented by Engr. Aminu Bashar, Plant Director, BUA Cement Plc, Sokoto, on behalf of the Managing Director of the company.
Responding, Governor Tambuwal thanked the company for giving the state government another donation in addition to the N100 million it donated earlier.
He also thanked all those who contributed in one way or the other in the fight against the Coronavirus disease in the state.