As part of its contribution to containing the spread of COVID-19 in the state, the Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture has produced protective face masks made from Aso Oke.
The Director-General, of the Council, Ambassador Wale Ojo-Lanre, while presenting the first batch of the face masks made from ‘aso oke,’ to the Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism, Professor Rasaki Ojo-Bakare, for onward transmission to the state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi and the State Executive Council in his office, said that the Council was prompted to produce the face masks using ‘aso oke,’ traditional apparel of Ekiti to reinforce the fervent commitment and energetic stride of Governor Fayemi at ensuring that Ekiti State is a no go area for COVID-19 pandemic.
Ojo-Lanre added that COVID-19 was not just a viral malaise or disease like HIV or others, which take a long time to kill, but a pandemic which kills within few days of annexing a victim; hence the need for all hands to be on the deck to checkmate this murderous scourge.
Revealing that the Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture, bearing in mind the vision of the Fayemi administration, and the direction of the commissioner in line with indigenous creativity and branding, put its house in order and brought forth the face masks; Ambassador Ojo-Lanre said that the face masks, which were produced in line with the international best standard and ethics of protective face mask production were designed, made and sowed by members of staff of the state Council for Arts and Culture at the Cultural Centre, Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.
Commemding the Council for being proactive always about its objectives and functions, Prof. Ojo-Bakare expressed delight that members of his ministry and the two parastatals, under it have not been locked down of ideas, despite the fact that only the top officers were reporting at their duty posts.
Tue commissioner assured that he would present the face masks to the governor and the entire members of the Executive Council of Ekiti State.