Trade Ministry donates COVID-19 materials to Market Women
By Princetta Williams, Information Officer, MTI
The Ministry of Trade and Industry has in collaboration with its partners donated COVID-19 preventive materials to the National Market Women Secretariat.
The materials donated includes, hundreds of Veronica Buckets, thousands of face masks, dozens of Hand washing materials to enhance the safety of women involved in businesses.
According to the minister, Dr. Edward Hinga Sandy, the ministry recognized the role of the traders, especially the market women, and the effect of the pandemic on small businesses.
“Because of the impact of the pandemic on traders and small businesses, we decided to approach our partners to support us with preventive materials,” he said.
Minister Sandy urged the executive of the Market Women Secretariat to do the distribution accordingly, and ensure that fairness is displayed.
Receiving the items, President of the National Market Women Secretariat, Kadie Paul, commended the ministry and its partners for the support they have been enjoying, adding that the Minister has also been of immense support to the secretariat.
Kadie Paul promised to share to all members of the association without sentiments, and noted that as an organization, they have been engaged in sensitizing their colleague market women on the need to be safe and protective from Covid-19.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Trade, Augustine Sheku, appealed to the President of the secretariat and her team to use the items for the right purpose, and to help the Government of Sierra Leone to free the country from the dreadful virus.
The items were officially handed over by the Minister himself to the executive headed by their president Kadie Paul.