The Nigerian Society of Engineers, Ikeja Branch led by Engr Mrs. Funmilade Akingbagbohun has donated two of the mobile foot-operated Hand-washing devices constructed by its young members to the NSE National Head office in Abuja.
The devices received in person by the President of NSE, Engr Babagana Mohammed in company of national executive members, was delivered by the Chairman along with the two innovators who designed and constructed the machines.
Designed and Constructed by three young engineers, Ahmed Ayinla, Simbiat Odeniyi and Mr Ibrahim Lawal. using locally sourced materials following the challenge by the NSE to members to contribute to the innovations that help tackle the Coronavirus pandemic, the Device was voted top in the inno-creative fair competition organised by the NSE Ikeja Branch.
It is also a part of the efforts of the NSE under Babagana Mohammed to support and drive the patronage of the local made solutions to the spread of the corona virus pandemic while also championing their adoption by institutions across the country. The devices are now operational at the secretariat for use of visiting members as well as general public as part of the COVID-19 prevention protocols.
The mobile hand washing device is a simplified contactless system of hand wash with foot operated tap and soap dispenser. It is an integrated and removable hand washing system comprising of leg operated water tap, spring leg-operated soap dispenser, hand washing sink, flexible drainage outlet and a 60-litre water storage system which does not compromise its mobility, durability and easy maintenance. It is also coupled with user’s instruction and wheel to make it balanced and movable.
It will be recalled that the president of NSE, Babagana Mohammed addressed a press conference in Lagos on the efforts of engineers at developing innovative solutions to assist the country battle the pandemic. During the briefing, he urged engineers to also use the opportunity to address the issue of job creation by engineers in the country and other national concerns.
There have been other members of the engineering community, both young and established, who have come up with innovative products that are capable of being transformed into productive ventures. This also includes those made by universities and polytechnics engineering departments across the country.