In its bid to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) in Kwara State, the state government has contracted the Technical Entrepreneurship Centre (TEC) of UNILORIN to produce various sizes of hand sanitisers for onward distribution to residents of the state.
Director of the centre, Dr Jamiu Kolawole Odusote, who said this in the university publication, Unilorin Bulletin, on Monday, added that the production contract is worth over N30million.
Dr Odusote also said that the UNILORIN management had last week concluded arrangements with the state government on the need to engage the university’s TEC for mass production of hand sanitizer.
The Director said that the centre had swung into action, promising that the consignment would be ready within a week.
Dr Odusote explained that the arrangement was to produce four different sizes of hand sanitizer which are 150ml, 250ml, 500ml and 1,000ml, saying that the products would be of high quality.
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He said that the centre has the capacity to produce a large volume of hand sanitizer within a reasonable period of time, adding that the management would leave no stone unturned to ensure that the goods are delivered at specification.
Meanwhile, in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) to its campuses, and in compliance with the directive of the Federal Government, the management of the University of Ilorin has directed some categories of its staff members to work from their various homes with effect from last Wednesday until further notice.
The Registrar of the University, Dr Folaranmi Olowoleni, in a memo to members of the University community, directed non-essential workers of the university from CONTISS 11 downwards to stay at home in order to reduce the possibility of the spread of the pandemic.
According to the memo, the decision to ask some categories of staff members to temporarily stay away from their offices was taken by the principal officers of the University at an emergency meeting convened to assess the situation and the import of an earlier directive from the office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation on measures targeted at curbing the global pandemic.
Dr Olowoleni, in the memo, enjoined various heads of essential Units to arrange a working schedule with their staff, in such a way that the smooth running of their offices will not be impeded by the circumstances of the moment.
The Registrar, who advised members of the UNILORIN community to maintain what she called “a high regime of personal hygiene”, also urged staff members to adhere strictly to all the safety regulations announced by the World Health Organisation (W.H.O.) to combat the infectious disease.
Dr Olowoleni also directed staff members who will work from home not to embark on any journey out the town without the express permission of their bosses as anyone may be recalled to his or her duty post whenever there is any pressing need for such.
The Registrar also enjoined members of the UNILORIN community who might have recently returned from abroad to proceed into self-isolation for the recommended duration to ensure safety for themselves, their families and associates and the society at large from the fatality of the disease.
She advised those who may develop any of the symptoms associated with the dreaded disease not to hesitate to contact either the Chairman or any of the members of the UNILORIN coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention Committee for immediate attention.
In a similar step, the University management has, earlier in the previous week, directed all the students of the institution to proceed on compulsory break in order to forestall the spread of the disease.