The President, Women of Inestimable Values (WIVs), Blessing Okojie, has tasked women in Lagos State to engage in production of locally-made face masks, now that government has made its wearing compulsory for people of the state.
Okojie told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday that local production of face masks had now become lucrative, as Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had made wearing of the protective masks compulsory.
According to him, the compulsory wearing of face masks in the state will increase the demand for the item, as people who didn’t have it will now be eager to purchase it.
“Some people have been wearing face masks since the outbreak of coronavirus in Lagos, but it is more trending now, because it has been made compulsory for everyone to wear.
“So it is an opportunity, and I am encouraging our women, who are into sewing to take it up; they can be producing the item in large quantity and make good money.
“The demand will be higher now, because everyone leaving his or her house must wear it or face penalty, as clearly stated by the governor.
“It is also important to wear the mask, especially now that the spread of coronavirus is on the increase,” she said.
Okojie also identified selling of major food items as another juicy business for women, particularly during this current lockdown.
According to her, major food items, such as rice, beans, garri, yam, palm oil and other condiments are necessities, as people must eat.
NAN reports that the governor had, on Saturday, announced compulsory use of face masks by residents with effect from April 27, as part of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the state. (NAN)