FG, Nile University to produce COVID-19 vaccine

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The Federal Government has pledged to work with the Nile University of Nigeria in the research and production of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, made the pledge on Monday when he received in audience the Vice-Chancellor of Nile University of Nigeria, Professor Osman Nuri Aras, in his office in Abuja.

Onu commended Nile University for working in collaboration with other research Institutions in the country, urging the citadel of learning to work inexorably and come up as soon as possible with COVID-19 vaccine.

He restated that the ministry was working tirelessly to move away Nigeria’s economy from being commodity dependent to knowledge based economy.

He added that the ministry was working to bring all research institutes, Universities, both public and private to a round table which would help to build an economy that is dependent on knowledge.

According to him, “We have the human resources to do it, and this is where the University system is of critical importance in developing human capital needed to transform the nation’s abundant human resources into products and services.”

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He also revealed that three agencies under the supervision of the ministry led by National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) are involved in serious research geared towards the production of COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria.

Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of Nile University of Nigeria, Professor Osman Muri Aras said, he was in the Ministry to seek partnership in the production of COVID-19 vaccine and other related diseases that can help to alleviate the lingering problems of human health.

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