COVID-19: Ogun Lawmaker Commends Federal Poly Ilaro over Fabrication of Ventilator, assures of Govt Assistance - SALIENT TIMES ONLINE

COVID-19: Ogun Lawmaker Commends Federal Poly Ilaro over Fabrication of Ventilator, assures of Govt Assistance

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Following the successful invention of a local ventilator for the management of Coronavirus, a member of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Mrs Bolanle Ajayi, has commended a team of the researchers from the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro that recently designed and fabricated the ventilator promising that the State government will key into the project.

Ajayi who was on assessment tour to the Institution to ascertain the veracity of the invention, called for adequate investment in the development of indigenous technology towards addressing Nigeria's socio-economic challenges.

The lawmaker who is representing Yewa South state constituency,  promised to do everything within her reach to ensure that the state government key into the project, while also commending  the polytechnic researchers for their initiative, saying the school and her constituency would come into limelight if the technological breakthrough was properly harnessed.

With the feat, she noted that the school had shown that Nigeria has the capacity to develop local technology to find solutions to its problems.

She expressed optimism that the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, would give needed support towards perfecting the condition of the ventilator.

It was learnt that a team, led by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Tokunbo Talabi, and the Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, had equally visited the institution to appraise its latest invention.

Ajayi, who stated that she had already contacted the Speaker, Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, assured that concrete steps would be taken on the ventilator immediately the House of Assembly reconvenes.

She said, "I heard about the ventilator and I learnt this thing was designed and fabricated within seven days, which is a very good job. I want to appreciate the researchers for doing a very good job. As a daughter of the soil, you have not only made the polytechnic proud, you have also made the entire Yewaland proud with this great invention.

"We don't pray for any pandemic in our area but we just have to get prepared towards anything that happens. Even if we have isolation centre and there is no equipment to use, it's of no use. So, I want to thank those people that have used their brain to do something that will be of benefit to humanity."

Earlier in his remarks, the Rector, Arc. Aluko had said a research team, whose members were drawn from different departments of the polytechnic, produced the equipment within seven days.

Aluko explained that the 14-man team led by the Dean, School of Engineering, Dr Samson Odunlami, as well as other lecturers, technologists and technicians with the school Medical Director, Dr Tunde Jesusina, were the brains behind the success of the project.

The ventilator was unveiled last week by the Rector of the polytechnic, Arc. Olusegun Aluko.