NIGERIA: Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari has urged Nigerian universities to come up with Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines to help curtail the continuous surge of the dreaded pandemic that has affected every part of the world.
Buhari made the appeal through his Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, during the 5th and 6th combined convocation ceremony of the Federal University Dutsin-Ma (FUDMA).
If Nigerian Universities doubled their efforts in undergoing remarkable research centred on COVID-19, the country would have advanced in terms of tackling the pandemic, Buhari noted.
Nigerian Universities are supposed to be centres of scientific research and other technological innovations in order to support the government in terms of a pandemic like this. Buhari said that if Nigerian Universities can produce vaccines, it will help in immunising Nigerians in times of curtailing COVID-19 and any other virus.
Nigerian administration has been supporting good research projects and will continue to welcome either individuals or groups who intend to venture into any remarkable project that is capable of boosting the country’s health sector, Buhari added.
It is no longer news that in the year 2020, COVID-19 has affected virtually every sector of the country, education inclusive. It led to the closure of universities for some months, so this is high time for universities to come up with the COVID-19 vaccine, Buhari said.
Buhari, therefore, encouraged universities to step up their research efforts so that they can come up with more potent vaccines to fortify the country’s immune system against the dreaded virus.
He has asked Universities to make use of the available resources through partnership with individual organizations and individuals, to come up with vaccines as it will also help in enhancing the country’s source of revenue generation.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Armaya’u Hamisu-Bichi pleaded for the federal governments to enhance the security architecture of the Nigeria university especially now that the schools are no longer safe from banditry attacks.