Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Ebola: Fashola Challenges Iwu To Reopen Research On Bitter Kola Theory

Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde
Fashola, (SAN) on Monday promised to
provide funds for any research work on the
Ebola Virus disease.
Fashola made the promise while disbursing
grants to 31 beneficiaries whose research
proposal had been approved by the Lagos
State Research and Development Council.
The governor used the occasion to challenge
a former chairman of the Independent
National Electoral Commission, Prof. Maurice
Iwu, to come up with a lucid proposal on his
bitter kola theory for the cure of Ebola,
saying the state government would be willing
to provide funds for his research.
He explained that professors, Ph.D. holders
and scholars are respected not because of
their glittering titles but because of their
intellect and what they have to offer the
The governor said, “I was curious about what
was Prof. Maurice Iwu was doing with
election if he was already doing research on
how bitter kola can help cure some diseases.
He should come back and do his work
because really this is his core competence
and if he is listening to me, I am challenging
him that he will be able to reopen the
frontiers of that research and present it to
this organization.
“It is something that I am sure that we
would be looking at. For me, our world is
moving quickly and we must participate in it.
We must be visible and active theatre of
thinking and ideas”.
Fashola expressed regrets that when the
country was faced with the problem of Ebola,
none of the much talked about probable
solutions came from Nigeria or Africa as a
whole, noting that such a trying time
presented opportunities for researchers and
scholars to write their names in the good
book of history.
“If you look at the last epidemic challenge
that we faced, all the offers and solutions,
ZMapp, Dan and all of the possible drugs
were coming from the outside Africa where
we have the problem itself and there are
scientists here who carry all sorts of titles”,
Fashola stated.

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