Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Sani Gwarzo, says the use of non-medical intervention remained best option for preventing COVID-19, amidst discovery of vaccines.
Gwarzo, a former Public Health Physician, said this while receiving 500 pieces of face mask donated to the ministry by African Business Ventures and Investment International Nigeria Limited on Tuesday in Abuja.
He, however, expressed appreciation to the organisation for donating the item to the ministry.
“We are very grateful for the timely and appropriate gift; it is one of the most important gifts to fight COVID-19.
“Although vaccines have been found, non-medical intervention remains the best option for preventing COVID-19.
“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,” he added.
Gwarzo also promised to help the organisation establish appropriate level of industry at macro, small or medium scale in the Niger Delta in order to promote production of local content and international trade.
Earlier, the Chief Executive Officer of ABVIG, Mr. Moses Owharo, said the donation of the face mask was part of the organisation’s activities to promote economic growth through collaboration with the ministry.
Also speaking, Director of USA Sandusky, Mr. Timothy Sandusky, called for partnership with the ministry in order to promote small scale startups in the Niger Delta zone.