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Ekiti govt receives COVID-19 innovative products from Polytechnic

The Ekiti State Government on Thursday took delivery of equipment and materials produced by the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, who hailed the authorities of the Polytechnic for the gesture described COVID-19 pandemic as a “war which must be confronted frontally by well-meaning individuals, interest groups and corporate organisations.”

Egbeyemi who was represented by the Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Tade Aluko, stressed that the state government welcomes all initiatives and innovations that will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 to the barest minimum.

The Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr. Dayo Oladebeye, led members of the management and other top officials of the institution to make the presentation.

While noting that the materials donated are very relevant in the battle against the pandemic, Egbeyemi expressed satisfaction that all the materials are locally manufactured and made in line with the local content policy of the government.

Some of the equipment handed over by the Rector include pedal-operated hand washing and sanitising machines, solar-powered non-contact hand washing, sanitising and drying machine.

Others are non-contact standalone infrared temperature sensing device, non-contact body disinfecting machine, hand sanitisers, liquid soaps and branded face masks all produced by the engineers of the Polytechnic

The Deputy Governor said the production of the materials attested to the fact that the staff and students of the Polytechnic are innovative and creative in providing solutions to the prevailing challenges facing the entire world and Nigeria.

The Rector, Dr. Oladebeye in his address, said the gesture was to complement the efforts of both the Federal and the State Governments in curbing the spread of the pandemic.

Oladebeye sought the assistance of the state government to make the Polytechnic an Isolation Centre, which is a vital request for resumption of schools as already set by the Federal Ministry of Education.

He also disclosed that the authorities of the Polytechnic had forwarded a letter to the state government requesting for the approval and accreditation of the institution as a Test Centre for COVID-19 to give more people opportunities of being tested to know their status.

Oladebeye, therefore, appealed for patronage from the state government to purchase the products from the Polytechnic at affordable prices to be out in places like government offices, public schools, markets, motor parks, churches and mosques.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Development Partnerships, Mrs. Margaret Fagboyo, commended the Polytechnic for the innovative products promising that they would be used for the purposes they are meant for.

Source: dailypost.ng