Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife on Tuesday donated two locally invented modular motorized fumigators to the Lagos State government to aid the state fihght against COVID-19 in Lagos state.
The high tech fumigators which was designed purposely to help fight deadly coronavirus pandemic were fabricated inside the monarch’s palace at Ile Oodua. His imperial Majesty described the fumigators as being eco-friendly.
The technology, according to Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, converts the liquid sanitizers into fog which makes it speed faster and stay longer in the air to fight COVID-19 in Lagos state without posing any danger to the environment.
While making the donation of the equipment to the Lagos state government, the foremost Yoruba traditional ruler, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, said it becomes necessary to support the state as it is an epicenter of the virus in Nigeria.
The Lagos State governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, while receiving the fumigators at the Lagos State Government House in Marina thank the monarch and also assure that the government will keep doing it best to get rid of COVID-19 in Lagos state.
Other top government functionaries accompanying Sano-Olu to receive the equipment includeDeputy Governor, Mr. Obafemi Hamzat; his Chief of Staff, Tayo Ayinde; Secretary to the State Government, Folasade Jaji; Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi.
Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi however commended the Governor for regularly updating the state residents and the nation on the daily efforts of his government to contain COVID-19 in Lagos state.
Arole Oodua, therefore, advised Nigerians to support the government at all levels in fighting the pandemic by looking beyond palliatives during lockdown and come up with more local solutions to save lives.
The Monarch said “as the Germans did during the Second World War when they manufactured the Volkswagen Beetle cars.
He said: “Lagos is the epicenter of this pandemic and this is why we must support this government by all means. We also must praise this government of Sanwoolu for the way they regularly update Nigerians on their steps to contain the virus.
“Our people should look inward for solutions that are social and local as the present situation calls for home-grown interventions to support our doctors and other frontline warriors.”
Responding, Governor Sanwo-Olu praised the Ooni for the donation, describing him as a caring father not only to the Yoruba race but to the entire nation.
Governor Sanwo-Olu expressed his joy that the Ooni considered it expedient to visit Lagos State at “this crucial time and more so that he knows that the state is the most populated in Nigeria with highest number of coronavirus cases, almost on daily basis since the sudden eruption of the pandemic in Nigeria.”
While thanking the monarch for his contribution to the fight against COVID-19 in Lagos state, Governor Sanwo-Olu noted that that Oba Ogunwusi has tremendously helped the government in educating the rural people, not only about existence of the pandemic but also by moltivating them to seek local solutions to the scourge.
Governor Sanwo-Olu promised to make good use of the fumigators. He said:
“Thank you, Your Majesty, for using your office and institution as a strong enabler to be able to communicate and pass on this strong message to our citizens. I want to commend you, for using your office as an institution to let our people know that what we are going through is real, it is not something that anybody has conjured, but it is something we can come together and solve collectively.
“We are all your subjects and It is good that you are leading this conversation today. You are the first that would able to tell our people that COVID19 is real, you have shown we can also look inward and take up a local solution, and you have taken it upon yourself to not just sit back and criticize, but to give back and encourage our local industry and economy, to be very creative and see what kind of local solutions you can bring about.”