Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Lagos offers funding for research on Ebola


Ebola virus
The Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola,
says the government is prepared to provide
funding for any research endeavour that can lead
to finding a cure for the Ebola Virus Disease.
The governor, who challenged scholars in the
country to move beyond earning titles to
contributing meaningfully to the development of
Nigeria, spoke on Monday during the
disbursement of grants to 31 beneficiaries.
The beneficiaries are those whose research
proposals have been approved by the Lagos
State Research and Development Council.
The governor urged Prof. Maurice Iwu to come
up with a lucid proposal on his Bitter Kola
theory, adding that the government would be
willing to sponsor it.
Fashola said, “Ph.D holders and scholars are
respected not because of the finery of their titles,
but because of their intelligence and what they
have to offer the society. The state has taken a
giant step by disbursing research grants to
scientists and researchers who have proposals
on what can move our society forward.
“I am curious about Prof. Maurice Iwu’s research
on how Bitter Kola can help cure some diseases.
I am challenging him that he should reopen the
frontiers of that research and present it to us. It
is something that we would be looking at.”
The governor said it was disappointing that
when the country was faced with the problem of
Ebola, none of the much talked about probable
solutions came from Nigeria or Africa. He added
that Ebola scourge presented opportunities for
researchers and scholars to write their names in
the book of history.
“If you look at the last epidemic challenge that
we faced, all of the offers and solutions ─ ZMapp
and Dan ─ among others, came from outside
Africa where the problem is. And we have
scientists here who carry all sorts of titles.
“This is the time to earn your titles. All the Ph.D
and professors must now live up to their names.
There will be no more excuses. I don’t have even
masters, I am ordinary. We must know the
people that have contributed to the development
of our country ─ Not all these awards that are
given, all these doctorates that have not really
advanced our development,” he said.
Earlier, the Chairman of the state research
council, Prof. Olufemi Bamiro, said the grant
ranged between N3m and N5m per beneficiary.

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