By Anthony Isaac
The Federal Government has dangled a whopping sum of N36 million to any Nigerian scientist who develops a vaccine to stem the scourge of Corona Virus disease (COVID-19) currently ravaging some parts of the world.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu who announced in Abuja on Thursday said that the prize sum also goes to whoever develops the vaccine for Lassa Fever virus whose cases are reported in some states in the country.
A statement by the Head of Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr. Abdulganiyu Aminu said the Minister spoke at the send-forth for the retiring Director of Chemical Technology Department of the Ministry, Engr. Akinyemi Oyefeso.
Dr. Onu challenged Nigerian inventors, innovators and scientists to find a cure for various diseases that are proving intractable, adding that Nigeria is well-endowed with both human and material resources to surmount them.
He further said that Nigerian scientists were highly rated and expressed optimism that in no distant time, the country will make key contributions in so many areas of Science and Technology to the delight of the entire world.
Dr. Onu commended the celebrant, Engr. Akinyemi Oyefeso, for his various innovations when he held forth as a Director in the Ministry.