Arole Oodua & Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi(Ojaja II) has given two fumigating machines to the BauchI state government in fulfilment of his promise to donate 2 units of his invented locally manufactured motorized modular fumigators to each of the 36 states and FCT with a view to ensuring that Nigeria is freed from the Covid-19 pandemic ravaging the entire globe.
Ooni Ogunwusi, represented by his Traditional Secretary, Idowu Salami and his Director of Media & Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare made the donations on Monday at his Ile-Oodua palace in Ile-Ife.
Comrade Olafare who spoke on behalf of the Ooni said the pandemic is another world war which can only be defeated by collective efforts. He described Ooni Ogunwusi as a very busy critical thinker and problem solver who has no time for distractions and frivolities.
“Our father, Ooni Ogunwusi is such a critical thinker and problem solver with no time for distractions and frivolities. Having studied the trends, he looked at ways to add values to the ongoing fight against this common enemy called Covid-19, he then invented this modular fumigators also manufactured right here at this palace.
Baba Ooni sees this Covid-19 as the world’s deadliest enemy that can be likened to the 3rd world war because of its ruthlessness against the humanity.
“This is a well developed and good initiative from the Arole Oodua Olofin Adimula, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi(Ojaja II) to support the Federal and state governments in Nigeria to curb the COVID-19.
“Baba Ooni’risa, being the natural father of the entire Oduduwa race and Co-Chairman, National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria(NCTRN) observed that government cannot do it alone, he then decided to contribute his quota complementing the government efforts to fight against the COVID-19. This is because he believes that all Nigerians are subjects of respective kings.” Olafare said.
He further added assurances that the Ooni will make sure the fumigators get to the remaining regions through the various state liaison offices in Lagos and Abuja, saying the foremost monarch had at different times last week handed over two fumigators each to all the Southwest states; Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, Ekiti and Osun personally received by the governors.
“The fumigators will be dropped at each of the state Liaison offices in Lagos for them to picked to various states while Bauchi government officials are already here today at Ile-Ife to pick theirs. We started from home because our adage says “charity begins at home”. From Ife to Osun State Government and to all the South-West state Governments.
“It will be given to all the 36 States of the federation, reason the officials government of Bauchi state are here to collect theirs.
Receiving the motorised fumigators on behalf of Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, Mr. Isaac Bassey, Protocol Officer, Bauchi State Government, Lagos Liaison Office expressed profound appreciation on behalf of the governor to the Ooni of Ife.
“His Excellency, the governor, the government and good people of Bauchi state are extremely happy for what His Imperial Majesty, Ooni Ogunwusi has done for us with these motorised fumigators.”
Because our governor, Senator Bala Mohammed would stop at nothing in his efforts to defeat Covid-19 in Bauchi state, he has directed that we should come to Ile-Ife to receive our state fumigating machines donated by the Ooni. We are deeply grateful for the successful initiative of the traditional ruler”.
“As a detribalized leader like Governor Bala Mohammed, His Imperial Majesty has shown his love to us as his children with this. Mr Governor and all of us in Bauchi state will remain grateful,” Bassey said.
In his words, Head of Machines and Tools unit at the Ooni’s Palace, Mr. Victor Badejo who is the Technical Officer of the homegrown motorized fumigator asserted that the initiative came up out of necessity by turning liquid to fog which made it airborne without any health hazard and can move as far as 30 feet radius.
“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.
“Materials for this equipment were sourced for 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 Ltd for the supply of drones fumigation services”. Badejo explained.