In an interview session with Rev. Dr Micheal Arimanwa Rector of federal polytechnic nekede owerri Imo state on thursday 11th, June 2020 has announced the manufacturing of automated and semi-automated hand sanitizer due to the pandemic.
I studied engineering; my field is civil and structural engineering. My vision is to move the institution from analogue to digital; where things are manually done we automate for ease of doing things in all ramifications as demanded by global best practices. Nobody planned for COVID-19, so when it came there is always an engineering response to any problem. In fact, the hallmark of engineering is to solve problems. So when COVID-19 happened we tried to find a way we can contribute at the local, state and national level and then we came up with a design which is the automated and non-automated hand sanitizer which are online and accessible.
We have the pedal-operated i.e. 3 pedals; one pedal dispenses soap, the other water and third sanitizer. You can decide to use water and soap alone or you can use just the sanitizer depending on what you want. We also have the fully automated machine which has a sensor that knows when individual approaches and brings out the soap, water or sanitizer whenever an individual stretches his/her hands towards the machine and it is powered by solar and we did all this due to the pandemic and this has projected our institution.
It is our intention to mass produce; in fact, we are in the process of mass-producing and making it available. Our COVID-19 response committee has included a marketing angle to it and what we did initially was to distribute to some people within our capacity free of charges like the local community and few other people, having done that they already know is high quality and they will help us in marketing as well.
But we have created a conscious department of COVID-19 response committee that will help in marketing. They are made up of lecturers and students in the marketing department so they will use their skills and knowledge as marketers to sell the product across the nations.