The Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti on Thursday donated some equipment and materials to the Ekiti State government to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Taking the delivery of the equipment, the state deputy governor, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, commended the authorities of the polytecnic for the gesture.
The equipment produced by the polytechnic 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.
Represented by the Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Tade Aluko, he described COVID-19 pandemic as a war that must be confronted by well-meaning individuals, interest groups and corporate organisations.
Egbeyemi expressed satisfaction that all the materials are locally manufactured and made in line with local content policy of the government.
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 Nigeria and the world.
Egbeyemi said the state government will welcome initiatives and innovations that will prevent the spread of the dealy virus in the state.
Earlier, the Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr. Dayo Oladebeye, who led members of the management to make the donation, said the materials are very relevant to the battle against the pandemic.
The rector said the gesture was to complement the efforts of the federal and the state governments in curbing the spread of the pandemic.
He said the polytechnic has forwarded a letter to the state government to request for the approval and accreditation of the institution as a Test Centre for COVID-19 to give more people opportunities of being tested and to know their status.
Oladebeye, therefore, appealed to the state government to purchase the COVID-19 materials from the polytechnic at affordable prices for distribution to public places like schools, motor parka and markets.
Also, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Development Partnerships, Mrs. Margaret Fagboyo, promised that the materials would be used for the purposes which they are meant for.
Fagboyo appealed to well meaning individuals and corporate bodies to partner with the state government to reduce the scourge of COVID-19 in Ekiti.