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Ooni urges leaders to search inwardly for solutions to COVID-19

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Donates motorised fumigators, drone to Ondo govt

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, has urged leaders at all levels to look inward in the bid to finding lasting solutions to the global Coronavirus pandemic, admonishing people in authority to patronise locally-made equipment.

Oba Ogunwusi said this yesterday in Akure while donating two locally-made motorised modular fumigators and drone sprinklers to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu at the Government House.

He said that the drone sprinkler and fumigators were initiatives of the House of Oduduwa Machine Tools, a gesture to help the state government in its fight against Coronavirus.

Besides, the Yoruba paramount monarch said that the fumigators were locally fabricated to be environmentally-friendly, adding that every leader must be pragmatic enough to preferring solutions to the current pandemic.

He said: “Why are you a king if you cannot cater for your people? In the olden days, kings would always be at the war front leading the way. I am just leading by example and to show to everybody that COVID-19 is real.

“But the positive side of COVID-19 is why we are here. What we are doing is very important and important than food.”

The monarch said that he embarked on the project as a way of playing his own traditional roles and contributing his own quota as a leader to the development of his people, adding: “Within the little resource we have, we are using it to cater for our people. We must use what we have to get what we want. Every leader must be pragmatic.

“We must come together and support the leaders. Two fumigators to the state and the drone will work for a particular period of time.”

The state’s governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, who received the donation and witnessed the demonstration of the machines, lauded the monarch for the gesture, saying: “You are investing in Ondo State. We know that for sure. God has blessed us with you.

“We appreciate you sir. We know how serious this pandemic is. The death has risen. We visited Shasha Market in Akure yesterday, we saw how our people are behaving.”

Akeredolu, for the umpteenth time, expressed displeasure at how people are violating the precautionary measures put in place by the state government.

“No social distancing, no face-masks. We hope nothing breaks out from there. People should know that the pandemic is a serious matter. Please don’t joke with it,” he said.


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