Against the backdrop of search for local solutions towards defeating the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, Chrisland University, one of the private universities in Ogun state has expressed its readiness to offer technical assistance to the state government in its ongoing efforts at combating the disease.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Chinedum Babalola made the pledge when speaking in Abeokuta, the state capital during the handing over of some hand sanitisers and alcohol – based disinfectant sprays manufactured by the institution to the state government.
Babalola, a Pharmacist and Professor of Pharmacokinetics, assured that the university was ready to surprise the world and would stop at nothing by utilising every efforts within its capacity in assisting government towards combating the COVID-19 pandemic currently ravaging the world.
Emphasising that the sanitisers and alcohol-based disinfectants were produced to conform with the standard set by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Chrisland V.C vowed that she is also ready to offer her personal expertise as a pharmacist towards proffering solution to the scourge.
Babalola, whose research work had in February 2020 won the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Award for Scientific Excellence at the 33rd AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia however, commended the Dapo Abiodun led administration in the state particularly for setting up functional isolation centres across the state as well as for continuous public advocacy and sensitisation towards checking the spread of the pandemic.
Speaking after receiving the items: 12 cartons of hand sanitisers and five cartons of alcohol-based disinfectant sprays, the Deputy governor, Engineer Noimot Salako-Oyedele lauded the university’s gesture and promised that the government would ensure transparent use of the items toward the containment of the pandemic in the state.
Salako-Oyedele however, urged other tertiary institutions across the state to emulate the example of Chrisland University so that the country can collectively win the war against COVID-19 pandemic.