Necessity is the mother of invention, says the old adage. This however became the reality at Akungba –Akoko in the state, when students of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA), produced hand sanitizers to contribute to the battle against the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The students donated the sanitizers to the State Government and host community , Akungba – Akoko.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro, while receiving the donated items on behalf of the government, 600 bottles of hand sanitiser, dozens of bottles of liquid soap, and scores of hand-washing basins and buckets produced and donated by the Institution.
He noted that AAUA was the first tertiary institution in the state to donate to the government’s Committee on Corvid-19 and stated that the time has come for Nigerian scientists and researchers to prove their mettle by coming up with a vaccine against the disease.
He thanked the University for the gesture and urged it not to rest on its oars.
Acting Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Olugbenga Ige, had said that the Institution would be donating the items produced by scientists and researchers in AAUA as part of the Institution’s contributions to the fight against the pandemic.
He said with pride that the sanitiser was produced in line with the standard and specifications of the World Health Organisation and has been proven to kill over 98 percent of viruses.
“Today, AAUA has demonstrated that we are actually a university to be reckoned with. And the implication of this is that Nigerian universities and scientists can deliver if given the right attitude, support and enabling environment.”
The Vice Chancellor disclosed that AAUA had equally mounted a sensitization campaign on its campus radio , with the aim of educating its listeners on the Corona Virus pandemic and how to avoid getting infected.
Dean of Faculty of Science, Prof Felix Akinwumi, who spearheaded the production team, explained that the initiative was an upshot of the commitment of the Institution’s management to research development .
He thanked the University for giving the necessary support to the initiative and appreciated members of the production team for their services to society.