The Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti has again produced some items aimed at contributing to the containing of the spread of the global pandemic, Covid-19
To this end, the Polytechnic’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Olusegun Obasanjo Centre for Engineering Innovation have fabricated two different types of Pedal-Operated Hand washing and sanitizing machines.
The fabrication of the Pedal-operated hand washing and sanitizing machines follows the earlier production of Face mask, Liquid detergent and hand sanitizers by the Centre for Entrepreneurship Development and the School of Science and Computer Studies in the Institution.
At the commissioning of the equipment, the Rector, Dr. Dayo Oladebeye commended the efforts of the department of mechanical engineering on their initiative to minimize the effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic. He also applauded the functionality of the machine saying that, “it is efficient to use and it is smooth, without any friction.”
Dr. Oladebeye noted that aside from the products churned out so far, the Polytechnic has other initiatives, believed should attract patronage across the country, while the Polytechnic was already making contacts to present the pedal-operated handwashing and sanitizing machine to the Ekiti State government with a view to seeking their interest and support to produce more of the machines for use across Ekiti State or beyond.
The Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Abayomi Olorunishola, who demonstrated how the machine operates said, the department came up with the idea of the machines in order to provide solution in managing the ongoing pandemic.
The Dean of the School of Engineering, Dr. Emmanuel Adeosun while presenting the three set of the machine explained that the beauty of the machine is in the fact that users need not touch the machine with their hands before applying soap, washing and sanitizing their hands.
Also, the Director of the Olusegun Obasanjo Centre for Engineering Innovation in the Polytechnic, Dr.. Israel Aluko while, presenting similar, but different design of a Pedal-operated hand washing and sanitizing machine for the Rector’s inspection at the Centre said the idea of fabricating the machine was conceived with a view to securing order for mass production to prevent people from contracting any virus in the process of washing and sanitizing their hands.
The commissioning was witnessed by principal officers, deans, directors and other management staff in the Polytechnic
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