By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
The Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) Bauchi has in its efforts to slow down the spread of CoronaVirus in the state, donated six cartons of hand sanitizers tagged, “ATBU Brand Hand Sanitizers to the Bauchi Correctional Centre for use by the inmates.
The University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Abdul-Aziz while making the donation Thursday at the Bauchi Maximum Security Correctiinal Centre, said the gesture was in fulfillment of the institution’s mandate of community service.
He explained that through the University’s mandate of research, it has been able to fabricate ventilators, sanitizers, among others, to fight the spread of COVID-19, stressing that the institution’s main occupation are teaching, research and community service.
Professor Abdul’Aziz further explained that the decision to donate the hand sanitizers was borne out of its concern for the rising cost of the commodities since the outbreak of coronavirus.
Abdul-Aziz noted that Correctional service is a place that people visit on daily basis, hence the University deemed it fit to donate the sanitizers to prevent the virus from infecting inmates, saying ‘they are people like us’.
The Vice Chancellor said, “We really appreciate the efforts that the Nigerian Correctional Service is making in the country. They are part of us and as a management of ATBU feels we should support their effort, which is why we are making this donation”.
Receiving the donation consignment, the Deputy Controller of the Service, Mr. Suleiman Inuwa thanked the ATBU for the gesture, saying it would go a long way in the prevention of COVID-19.
Mr. Inuwa, who is in-charge of the Bauchi Medium Security Custodial Centre gave the assurance that the sanitizers would be put to maximum use to help check the spread of coronavirus.
The University’s Chief Pharmacists, Mrs. Elizabeth Awa had while earlier officially presenting the sanitizers to the Vice Chancellor for onward donation to organizations in the state, said the item produced by pharmacists at the institution followed World Health Organization (WHO) set standard.