The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has assured Nile University of government’s drive to collaborate with them and other research institutions in the production of COVID-19 vaccine.
Dr. Onu stated this while receiving in audience, the Vice Chancellor of Nile University of Nigeria Prof. Osman Nuri Aras in his office, in Abuja.
Dr. Onu commended Nile University for working in collaboration with other Research Institutions in the Country to come up as soon as possible with COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria.
He further emphasized that the ministry was interested in moving the economy away from depending entirely on commodities to knowledge based and this he said, is the main thrust of President Muhammad Buhari’s administration.
He stated that the ministry was working assiduously to bring all research institutions, Universities, both public and private to round table interaction which will help in building an economy that is dependent on knowledge.
In his words, “We have the human capital to do it, and this is where the university system is of critically importance in developing human capital needed to transform the abundant human resources into products and services”.
He also stated that three agencies of the ministry led by National Bio-technology development Agency (NABDA) are involved in research geared towards the production of COVID-19 Vaccine in Nigeria.
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of the Nile University of Nigeria, Prof. Osman Muri Aras said, he was in the Ministry to seek for Partnership in the production of COVID-19 Vaccine and other related diseases that could help to alleviate the lingering problems of human health.