The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) has installed disinfectant sprayers at the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) headquarters.
The installation was promoted due to the increase of COVID19 cases in the country.
Prof. Mohammed Haruna, Executive Vice Chairman of NASENI, revealed that the home-grown technology was employed to manufacture the sprayer.
He expressed appreciation to FIRS for the confidence reposed on NASENI.
“The device is fitted with temperature sensor; if somebody’s temperature is above normal, it will blow siren and alert that this man does not need to enter.
“With this, you have prevented the spread of the virus and I assure you this will work very well.
“This safety tunnel disinfects individuals as they enter your premises; with this in place and the virological resolve we have, you can be sure nobody is bringing in virus to your premises,” he said.
Haruna explained that the hybrid disinfectant sprayer in form of tunnel was not designed to cure infected persons.
“Also, the safety tube could disinfect clothes or bodies with virus, to prevent conveyance and spread of the disease within the protected premises,” he said.
The chairman of FIRS, Mohammad Nami, while receiving the newly installed disinfectant sprayer, commended NASENI for the innovation and stressed the need for inter-agency collaboration.
According to him, the patronage of NASENI product will strengthen collaboration between the two agencies of the Federal Government.
“The essence of patronising NASENI is to encourage agency-to-agency collaboration; we have people that produce this, some are even imported.
“We feel we should patronise our sister agency that we feel can even do better than the one marketed to us.
“Secondly, the safety of our staff is key because, as you always hear from the monthly FAAC allocation meeting, FIRS today contributes over 70 per cent of the revenue being shared.
“The safety of personnel, therefore, becomes priority for the current management; so, we appreciate NASENI that when we came knocking, you answered us.
“We pray that this COVID-19 will disappear and my staff will be able to collect revenue that is needed, considering fall in oil prices and dwindling fortunes from other sectors of our economy,” Nami said.
He said that the NASENI hybrid safety tunnel would be installed in FIRS offices in Lagos, Kano, Port-Harcourt and Kaduna, among others.
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