Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin Kebbi
 Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari,Hajiya Aisha Bahari is collaborating with the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) to produce and distribute 20,000 face masks free of charge to people of Kebbi state as part of measures to contain the spread of COVID 19 in the state.
    The Director -General of NDE,Dr Nasir Muhammed Ladan Argungu disclosed this in Argungu,Kebbi State on Saturday during the training of 22 females and 18 males who will produce the face masks.
   Ladan- Argungu explained that the distribution of the face masks to the good people of Kebbi state, was part of sustained efforts aimed at containing the spreading of COVID 19 pandemic in the state in particular and the country in general.
   Director -General NDE who was represented by the Kebbi State Coordinator of the NDE, Alhaji Abdullahi Danjuma Machika said, the production and distribution of the face masks was being done in collaboration with the Pet Project of the First Lady’s Future Assured.
   According to him, “the collaboration has multiple benefits such as the 20,000 face masks will be produced and distribution free of charge to the good people of Kebbi state.
    “The Federal Government policy on the need to patronise local raw materials will be promoted as local textile materials are used for the production.
     ” And,  NDE graduated trainees and trainers are actively and productively engaged and incentives for the production of the face  masks will be given to them which will cushion the effects of COVID 19 lockdown”.