COVID-19: Ooni fumigates Ile-Ife, moves to donate fumigators to 36 states

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has fumigated the ancient city of Ile-Ife and its environs against the pandemic coronavirus (COVID-19) disease with newly invented locally made fumigators.

The exercise started from the ooni’s palace on Tuesday in Ile-Ife.

Addressing newsmen before the fumigation, the ooni described the current moment across the world as one necessitating the deployment of creativities, especially those deposited in the youths.

“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 can serve other purposes including agriculture after this challenging period.

“Right now, we need abundance fumigation and that is why we have partnered with drones’ suppliers to widen our coverage,” the ooni stated.

The traditional ruler explained that the specially made fumigator has advantages over other lookalikes fumigators.

According to him, 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 30 feet radius.

The monarch stated further that aside from its cost effectiveness, it is easy to assemble and dissemble on any locomotive engine for mobility.

The ooni promised to donate two of the fumigators to each state of the federation as his way of supporting the state and federal governments.

Prof. Olapeju Esimai, the head of department, public health, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex (OAUTHC), Ile-Ife, lauded the monarch for his creativity and proactiveness to combat the novel COVID-19.

“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,” Esimai explained.

On his part, the inventor, Mr .Victor Badejo, explained that the modular fumigator has countless potentials, including provision of employment for Nigerian youths.

READ ALSO: Police apprehend 50 persons for curfew violation in Edo

“If you look at the current situation, you would see that we are facing a great difficulty which has among other disadvantages locked us down, this means that we must look inward for solution and bounce back stronger.

“These equipment were sourced within the country and assembled within the palace of the ooni.

“It is flexible, durable and simple to use. In order to expand the fumigation, the ooni approved our request to partner with FTS drones for the supply of aerodrones,” Victor explained.

Similarly, the Managing Director of FTS Drones, Mr. Olarinde Williams, who also doubles as technical partner to the ooni on the project, said that the efforts of Oba Ogunwusi cannot be over -emphasised.

About the author

Ihesiulo Grace

Leave a Comment