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President Buhari challenges Universities to develop COVID-19 Vaccine

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President Buhari challenges Universities to develop COVID-19 Vaccine

President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged Nigerian universities to intensify their research in order to develop the COVID-19 vaccine to tackle the dreaded virus afflicting the country.

The President, represented by the State for Education, Mr. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, delivered the challenge at the 5th and 6th combined convocation of the Federal University Dutsin-Ma (FUDMA) on Saturday.

He explained that Nigerian universities were supposed to be centers of scientific and technological discoveries, inventions, values ​​and character formation, as well as drivers of social development.

The president added that the development of the vaccine will strengthen the immune system of Nigerians against the virus.

Furthermore, he noted that his administration remained committed to addressing the challenges of sustainable funding for research, capacity development and job creation.

According to him, “You all know that in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic began its devastating effect on the education subsectors, causing the destruction of academic activity in universities.

Therefore, I urge and encourage universities to intensify their research to find a more powerful vaccine that strengthens our immune system against this dreaded virus. “

It also commissioned universities to explore available opportunities, including collaborating on research with allied industries and development partners to create other sources of revenue generation.

According to the president, this will support his drive for economic diversification.

However, he said the federal government is committed and determined to combat and defeat all acts of crime throughout the country for meaningful development to flourish.

“Our security is a collective responsibility, we must join with government agents with useful information to allow the proactive mitigation of any of these events,” he added.

The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Armaya’u Hamisu-Bichi, urged the federal government to dig trenches around the main campus of the institution due to the current security challenges in the country.

Source: NAN

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