Ooni of Ife, Oba Ogunwusi on Thursday donated two motorised modular fumigators to Ondo State government to help Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu in the fight against the ravaging Coronavirus in the state.
Presenting the fumigators to the governor at the Government House ground in Akure, the state capital, the spiritual leader of Yoruba worldwide stated that it became imperative for his to assist the government to check the spread of the pandemic because he didn’t want to be king over dead bodies.
He explained that the drone was meant to fumigate areas not accessible to vehicles, noting that the state government would only use the drone for a period before returning it.
Ooni disclosed that all the fumigators were fabricated locally by an Osun State indigene based in Ondo State, Victor Badejo, and all the materials used for the equipment were sourced locally.
According to Ooni, Nigerians should look at how the citizenry could explore all available resources for the development of the nation after the pandemic is conquered.
After the demonstration of how the fumigator operates, he revealed that the mixtures used for fumigation were put together by Obafemi Awolowo University’s Prof. Olapeju Esima, a World Health Organization (WHO) consultant.
Confirming that the COVID-19 is real, Ooni appealed to Nigerians to adhere strictly to all the precautionary measures being handed down by the government to prevent the spread of the dreadful virus.
Appreciating the monarch for the gesture, Governor Akeredolu described Ooni as a great blessing to the nation.
He expressed interest in acquiring more of the locally mortised modular fumigators from the manufacturer.
Meanwhile, the governor disclosed that he was at Shasha market in Akure North Local Government Area of the state on Thursday, expressing his displeasure about noncompliance with the social distancing order by the market women and men.
He, however, said after sensitising the people about the risk of the spread of the pandemic, the Seriki of the market therefore promised to shut down the market, but would henceforth open twice a week to check the spread of the virus.
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