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Ibadan Poly produces ventilator, hand washing machines



AS PART of efforts geared toward combating COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Mechatronics Engineering of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, has manufactured ventilator and smart hand washing machines.

  Prof. KazeemAdebiyi, the rector of the institution, showcased the machines to newsmen in Ibadan on Thursday.

  According to him, the feat was possible with the support of the Government of Oyo State that released a grant for the institution.

  He said that from the grant received, the Mechatronics Engineering Department was able to come up with TPI Mechanical Ventilator 2020 and TPI Smart Hand Washer, which would automatically release soap, water and dry the hand.

  “These and other equipment acquired have earned the department the opportunity to start its Higher National Diploma (HND) programme as certified by the National Board of Technical Education (NBTE).

“We have been on this to secure approval for this programme for like two years because we did’t have the adequate equipment required and now that we have got it,” Adebiyi said.

The rector noted that the institution had supported the government in combating COVID-19, hence the technology solutions developed.

Adebiyi, however, enjoined other institutions to look inward and support the government to provide equipment needed in the fight against coronavirus

  While commending the Seyi Makinde-led government, he said the last time the institution got fund to develop its programmes and made meaningful contributions to technology development in the country was in 2009.

  The rector, however, urged both the federal and state governments to always patronise local content which according to him will enhance creativity and encourage researcher

Contributing, the Head of Department,  Mechatronics Engineering, Mr Kamorudeen Olaiya, who led the team of researchers that produced the machines, said it was a collective effort that eventually paid off.

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