The Federal Government has pledged a N36m cash prize to any Nigerian who discovers a cure for Lassa fever and Coronavirus.
Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, while speaking at an event held to mark the retirement from service of a former director of the Department of Chemical Technology, A. O. Oyefeso, challenged all Nigerian scientists to go out and find cures for both diseases.
He said, “Any scientist that is able to do this will be given N36m.”
“There is nothing that we want to do that we can’t do. Nigeria will be making contributions to the world.”
He added, “We want our scientists to know that we place value on them. We want them to know that they are important. If you don’t do things like this, the scientists will think we don’t value them.
“Research takes a lot of time and energy, and we will be very happy to fulfil our pledge.
“This prize is open to the universities; it is also open to private laboratories and research institutes.”