Best Option To Prevent COVID-19

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Sani Gwarzo, says despite discovery of COVID-19 vaccines, non-medical intervention remains the best option to prevent the disease.

Gwarzo, a former Public Health Physician, said this while receiving 500-pieces of nose masks donated to the ministry by African Business Ventures and Investment International Nigeria Ltd., (ABVIG) in Abuja.

He expressed appreciation to the organisation for the donation.
“We are very grateful for the timely and appropriate gift in this era.

“One of the most important gifts to give is something to fight COVID-19.
“Although vaccines have been found, non-medical intervention remains the best option for preventing COVID-19.

“So, what you are giving us is not only a gift in kind, it is an appropriate gift that will save lives.

“We want to assure you that we will make the best use of them.”

Gwarzo promised to help the organisation to establish appropriate levels of industry at the macro, small or medium scales in the Niger Delta to promote production of local content and international trade.

Earlier, Mr Moses Owharo, Chief Executive Officer of ABVIG said that donation of the masks was part of the organisation’s activities to promote economic growth through collaboration with the ministry.

He said that the organisation was also holding a national symposium on Niger Delta infrastructure development and promotion of non-oil sector programme, amid COVID-19 with the theme “Tackling COVID-19 and ensuring equitable implementation of African Continental Free Trade Agreement”.

According to him, the symposium seeks to improve investment climate and provide access to energy by all.

“COVID-19 preventive measures by your ministry signifies collaboration on a series of events to pioneer various economic activities across Nigeria.

“Record by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) indicates 101,331 confirmed infections and 1,361 deaths caused by COVID-19 virus in Nigeria, as of today.

“So, preventive measures have to be taken seriously. Obey the NCDC COVID-19 protocols because the pandemic has badly affected economic activities, not just in Nigeria, but globally,” Owharo said.

In the same vein, Mr Timothy Sandusky, Director of Sandusky U.S.A., called for partnership with the ministry, to promote small scale start-ups in the Niger Delta area.

According to him, one of the areas being considered is infrastructure.
“Before you can industrialise, you have to have a large hectare of productive land.

“You have lots of land that is deadlock due to lack of economic bridge in communities with 5,000 people.

“Small scale bridges will open up thousands of hectares that need to be industrialised.

“That is why we intend to create jobs and we need partnership to achieve it,” Sandusky said.


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