As part of efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Ogun State has unveiled a set of automatic solar hand washing machines, invented by Technology Incubation Centre (TIC), Onijanganjangan, Abeokuta, to enhance regular hand washing among the people in a safe, cost-effective and hygienic manner.
The Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment while unveiling the automatic solar hand washing machine in Abeokuta, described the product, which was in partnership with one of the entrepreneurs at the Centre, Mr. Taiwo Yusuf,
as an innovation which complements the efforts of the Prince Dapo Abiodun-led administration in the battle against Coronavirus.
Mrs. Longe who charged the TIC to develop more products for the benefit of the State and humanity, called on entrepreneurs in the State to emulate the inventors and support government’s effort at curtailing the spread of the virus by coming up with more innovations that would boost the State’s economy and bring succor to the people.
The Commissioner assured that her Ministry would continue to support the three TICs in the State and entrepreneurs by creating enabling environment and linkages with various investors and funds, stressing that the present administration was also focused on promoting local content.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Olu. Ola. Aikulola, called on existing and intending entrepreneurs to liaise with the Ministry as it remains committed to guiding them against avoidable pitfalls and help nurture their business ideas into reality.
Aikulola said the Ministry would continue to boost locally-made technology and manufacture of local substitute for imported goods to help drive development of Small and Medium Enterprises in the State.
Speaking earlier, the Centre Manager at Onijanganjangan, Abeokuta, Mr. Olusola Adebayo, said the innovation was inspired by the call made by the Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI), Engr. (Dr.) Mohammed Jibrin, on all the 42 TICs in the country, in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, to come up with technological solutions to the challenges posed by the pandemic.
Adebayo explained that the solar hand washing machine, which could be used in public places and homes, has been developed in conformity with the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) standard of compulsory 20 seconds of hand scrubbing, with features such as, motion sensor activation, 240Volts Mains and solar power alternative.
The Centre Manager stated that the TIC’s recent certification by NIRSAL Microfinance bank, has equipped the Centre to further support SMEs, calling for more assistance from the State government in the area of adequate water supply, establishment of more incubation units within the centre and common facility to promote locally made goods in the country, as well as generate employment for residents.
Wale Osunbiyi & Ismail Oladipo,
Press Officers, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment