NASENI Boss Says “we are preventing Capital flight by providing local Engineering solutions to COVID-19 problems”.
Determined to keep the work environment free from the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, and to avoid disruption of its operations, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) yesterday in Abuja commissioned the use in all its offices the disinfectant Sprayer Tunnels manufactured by the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI).Also, JAMB announced the use of NASENI pedal controlled handwash sanitizer device in all its zonal offices across including the headquarters in Bwari, Abuja for all staff and visitors to wash their hands while in the premises of JAMB.
The Registrar of JAMB, Prof.Is-haq Oloyede while commissioning the devices commended the Nigerian engineers in NASENI for coming up quickly with local solutions, using available materials in Nigeria thereby prevents the nation, once more, from running outside Nigeria for scientific solutions to a problem that could be tackled with local ingenuities. Prof Oloyede expressed satisfaction that the devices were tested and working and therefore he said he was really proud of NASENI and its Executive Vice Chairman, Prof Mohammed Haruna for leading a team that came up with preventive measures to the spread of a global pandemic.Today, Nigeria is losing men and women to the cold hands of COVID-19 pandemic occasioned by the silent spread of the virus amongst communities. Prof. Haruna said the current trend however could be prevented by massively disinfecting homes, offices, organisations, public places, schools, airports and other places where the virus currently finds pasture, and spreading. He said “that was why NASENI as a responsible Federal Government Agency assembled its crop of engineers to assist the nation tackle further spread of the virus by coming up with a range of disinfectant sprayer devices like: Disinfectant Sprayer tunnel, Disinfectant Sprayer U tunnel, the Single Chamber Sprayer and hand-held sprayer. There is the disinfectant sprayer mounted on Tricycle, trucks and Hilux including a locally manufactured ventilator.
According NASENI EVC, the reasons for manufacturing various spraying devices was to make it easy for whichever device suitable for use in disinfecting various locations: public places, homes, streets, towns, all nooks and crannies of the country.
As an Engineering and technology development Agency, Prof. Haruna said that the management of NASENI realised that in times of emergencies like this, society would have to rely on its science and engineering community for solutions and that was why the Agency moved ahead to come up with disinfectant solutions before everyone begins to look abroad for them.He further disclosed that “the Agency desired to safe Nigeria’s scarce foreign exchange and to also prevent capital flights that was why it came up early enough with local Engineering solution to this particular national problem” He used the occasion to call on all government agencies, banks, hospitals, airports, parks, schools, hotels and other public places to patronise NASENI’s Disinfectant Sprayers in the fight against COVID-19 and to make the Nigeria environment free.
“If the device could work in JAMB, then it can work anywhere in Nigeria” He said.
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