…Deploys locally-made fumigants, fumigators, drones
….To donates fumigators to states
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi (Ojaja II), apparently in a show of ancestral powers, on Tuesday, fumigated the ancient city and its environs in a bid to curtail the spread of dreaded Coronavirus, with locally-made fumigants and fumigators suing drones.
Speaking with journalists on the exercise, the foremost Yoruba monarch explained that with the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic globally, there was need for youths to deploy their creativity by thinking outside the box.
His words, “The art of being creative is the motivation behind the creation of these fumigators.
“Volkswagen which is currently being used across the world was discovered by the Germans during the Second World War and look at what it is today.
“This motorised fumigator is equally a product of necessity which could serve other purposes like agricultural and industrial sectors after this challenging period of COVID-19 pandemic.
“Right now, we need abundant fumigations and that is why we have partnered with drones suppliers as to widen our coverage,” the Ooni said.
While explaining the advantages of the specially-made fumigators over other lookalikes, the Ooni explained that the fumigator was decently designed with equal fumigation capacity as industrial fumigation trucks used in China, Pakistan and some Western countries with a wide fumigation coverage of about 20 to 30fts radius.
He continued, “It is decently designed with equal fumigation capacity as industrial fumigation trucks used in China, Pakistan and some Western countries with a wide fumigation coverage of about 20 to 30fts radius.
“It is also effective during dry seasons as anti dust suppressing machines because it generates only foggy substance converted from liquid(nobody has the technology for fumigation like this in Nigeria currently).”
“Aside from its cost effectiveness, it is easy to assemble and dissemble on any locomotive engine for mobility.
“We have test run the fabricated equipments very well, we have seen its workabililty and we need to roll out these products for public use, ” the Ooni explained.
Ooni Ogunwusi who is co-chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria(NCTRN), stressed that he would be donating two of the fumigators to each of the states of the federation as his way of supporting states and Federal Government.
He added that the fumigation exercise was in addition to his efforts to assist the government and people in combating the pandemic as he had been sharing food and sanitising items for the people especially the less privileged on daily basis.
In her speech, a consultant with the World Head Organisation (WHO), Prof. Olapeju Esimai, who is also the current Head of Department of Public Health, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH), Ile-Ife, lauded the Ooni for his creativity and proactiveness to combat the novel COVID-19.
She admonished citizens to accept the reality of COVID-19 and maintain precautionary measures like the social distancing, personal hygiene, nose and mouth covering as well as staying at home order.
“We must increase awareness and also not forget precautionary measures like the social distancing, personal hygiene, nose and mouth covering as well as staying at home. COVID-19 is real,” Prof. Esimai explained.