Kebbi State Government has begun the distribution of COVID-19 protection items to 2,000 public schools in the state ahead of Sept 21 schools resumption.
Alhaji Muhammadu Magawata-Aliero, Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education who flagged off the distribution in Birnin Kebbi, said the items will be distributed to 1, 901 primary schools and 107 Junior Secondary Schools.
The commissioner said the gesture was meant to ensure that children and their teachers were protected from the virus.
Magawata-Aliero appreciated the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) which facilitated the procurement of the materials.
He charged the beneficiaries to ensure effective and proper utilisation of the materials, adding that it was key to continuous protection from the disease.
The Acting Executive Secretary, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Hajiya Fatima Udulu said the distribution of the materials was to mitigate the spread of coronavirus among students and teachers.
“It is in line with this, that the Kebbi SUBEB in collaboration with UBEC, Abuja procured hand sanitisers, liquid soap, face masks and hand washing facilities to be distributed to schools across the state.
“This is in attempt to ensure that COVID-19 protocols such as physical distancing, wearing of face masks, regular washing of hands with soap or sanitisers are observed in all our schools,” she said.