By Akeem Busari
The Arole Oduduwa and Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II on Tuesday fumigated the ancient city of Ile-Ife and its environs against the pandemic Coronavirus disease with newly invented locally made fumigators and drones.
While addressing newsmen before the fumigating exercise, Ooni Ogunwusi stated that the art of being creative is the motivation behind the creation of these fumigation trucks.
“This fumigation trucks are 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 FTS Drones’ suppliers as to widen our coverage.” The Ooni stated.
Ooni Ogunwusi who is Co-Chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria(NCTRN) stressed that he will be donating two of the fumigators to each of the states of the Federation as his way of supporting State and Federal Governments.
He added that the fumigation exercise is in addition to his efforts to assist the government and people in combating the pandemic as he has been sharing food and sanitizing items for the people especially the less privileged on daily basis.
In her speech, a consultant with World Head Organization(WHO), Professor of Olapeju Esimai, who is also the current Head of Department, 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 the staying at home order.
“Head of Machines and tools department at the Ooni’s palace, Mr. Victor Badejo explained that the modular fumigator has countless potentials including provision of employment for Nigerian youths.
Similarly, the Managing Director of FTS Drones, Hon. Stephen Olarinde Williams, who is a technical partner to the Ooni on the project, explained that he was motivated by the proactiveness of the Ooni towards winning the war against Coronavirus.
“Look at what we have here, we are prepared and ready to fumigate the entire nation. We have the mandate to fumigate with drones to compliment the fumigation trucks and this we would do optimally.” Hon. Williams noted.
The fumigator will be used alongside the drones to disinfect both air and surfaces in several areas of Ile-Ife and around the country”, he stressed.