By Beauty John, LAFIA
Nasarawa State First Lady, Hajiya Silifat Abdullahi Sule, has donated COVID-19 Safety equipment worth millions of naira to 248 government-owned schools across the 13 local government areas in the state as they reopened.
The First lady, who is also the founder of Silifat Abdullahi Sule Hope Foundation (SAS), made the donation in Lafia, on Thursday.
Accompanied by commissioners, wives of commissioners and other prominent women in the state, she stated that the gesture was part of her modest contribution to curtail further spread of COVID-19 pandemic in Nasarawa state.
Items donated by her include 3,800 gallons of liquid soap, 2,000 hand sanitizers and 800 basins for hand washing to be distributed to 248 secondary schools in the Southern and Nor Senatorial Districts of the state.
Addressing the principals of the various schools who were the representatives of the beneficiaries, she charged them to make the safety of the students paramount by ensuring that COVID-19 safety guidelines are strictly followed.
The Nasarawa First Lady explained that her pet project, Silifat Abdullahi Sule Hope Foundation, would continue to work closely with government to initiate programmes that would have positive impact on the lives of the people.
Mrs. Sule appreciated the people for their confidence and support for her husband’s administration, while calling on them to be law abiding and continue to be supportive to the government at all levels.
Earlier, the state commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Hajiya Fatu Sabo, described the donation as the first of its kind in the state and called for support from private organizations considering the enormous needs in the education sector.
In his remark, the deputy governor, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, who doubles as the chairman of the State Taskforce on COVID-19 thanked the First Lady for her thoughtful contribution.
Akabe, who was represented by the state commissioner for health, Ahmed Baba Yahaya said the donation is timely, considering the reopening of schools all over the state.