The dispenser, a mechanical contraption, dispenses soap and water alternatively at the push of a pedal.
Liquid soap is dispensed from a canister and the machine dispenses water approximately twenty seconds later to give users enough time to rub soap all over their hands. It dispenses enough water to rinse off the soap and leave the hands squeaky clean. It is modified to use not too much water, making it environmentally friendly.
Unveiling the equipment at the institution, a member of the team project, Engineer Julius Asaolu described the dispenser as a unique design that is useful in the fight against COVID-19, at the press of a pedal. He explained that it would help to conserve the eco-system through minimal use of water.
The Acting Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Stephen Temitope described the dispenser as one-of-a-kind with its one-pedal designed. He, however, solicited the support of the University Management to secure the patenting rights to the dispenser so as to avoid unauthorized duplication of the design.
The Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Professor Iyiola Oluwaleye expressed his gratitude to the Vice-Chancellor for encouraging intellectual growth and research. He commended the team that worked on the project for their tenacity despite the shortage of technical staff to operate available machinery. He, therefore, recommended the dispenser for schools, churches, mosques, malls and office buildings.
Vice-Chancellor, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Professor Edward Olanipekun commended the Faculty of Engineering for the initiative. He reiterated Management’s commitment to prioritize Engineering and Information and Communication Technology activities with a view to harnessing the intellectual resources available in Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti.