Paul Osuyi, Asaba
Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has called for collective global effort in the fight against COVID-19, describing the scourge as a common enemy that required the cooperation of all to defeat.
Oba Ogunwusi made the call in Asaba while presenting two locally-fabricated modular fumigators to Delta Government to assist the state in its effort at containing the spread of the pandemic.
Represented by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Moses Olapare, the monarch insisted that the fight against COVID-19 called for a collective effort as it is no longer practicable for monarchs to sit down and watch government tackle societal problems alone.
“Our leaders, at both federal and state levels, have done very well in the fight against the virus and in this regard, we have decided to complement the efforts of the government and that is why we came up with this innovation for motorised modular fumigators.
“The fumigators were invented by the House of Oduduwa and fabricated at the Ooni palace in Ile-Ife with 100 percent locally-sourced materials.
“It is our belief that the era when monarchs sit in the comfort zone of their palaces and expect the government to do it all is over.
‘So, we have decided to join hands with government to tackle this pandemic by this donation of two motorised modular fumigators.
“We have watched your proactive approach to the fight against the pandemic in Delta and I must say we are pleased with every step you have taken so far.
“This is why we are committed to working with government by making this donation, because together, we can fight the battle and together we shall win the battle,” he said.
Receiving the equipment, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, thanked the Ooni for his thoughtfulness and innovation in the production of the motorised fumigators.
The governor, who was represented by Secretary to the Government (SSG), Chiedu Ebie, said the state had put in so much to ensure COVID-19 was contained and called for further support and cooperation in the fight against the pandemic.
“We thank His Imperial Majesty for his wonderful donation today. In Delta, as at today, we have recorded 27 cases while 12 have been successfully managed and discharged; unfortunately, we lost five of the cases.
“We have done so much to ensure we are able to contain the spread of the virus in the state and this we have done by ensuring closure of our 13 boundaries to contain the spread of the virus” he said.