In a meeting with the Vice Chancellor of Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja, Prof. Osman Aras, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, assured partnership of the Federal Government with the Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja, on the production of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.
The meeting took place within the school environs yesterday (8th of March), where the minister hailed the university for working with other research institutions in the country to come up with the vaccine.
Dr. Onu revealed that the Ministry of Science and Technology, was interested in moving the economy away from commodities to knowledge-based in line with the focus of President Buhari’s Government. He also stated that the ministry was working relentlessly to bring all research institutions and universities to a round table interaction in a bid to create a knowledge-based economy.
He went on to say:
“We have the human capital to do it, and this is where the university system is of critical importance”.
On similar grounds, the Founder of Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), called on the Federal Government to grant necessary approval to Nigerian universities to begin production of COVID-19 vaccines.
According to Chief Babalola, the universities have the required manpower and intellectual properties to develop potent drugs and vaccines that would help treat coronavirus pandemic.