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The Federal Government has announced a reward of 36 million naira to any Nigerian that can provide a cure for coronavirus and Lassa fever.
Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, revealed this on Thursday at the retirement ceremony of the former director of the Department of Chemical Technology A.O.Oyesefo's.
Onu said, “I challenge all Nigerian scientists to go out and find cures for coronavirus and Lassa fever.
“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.”
“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 fulfill our pledge.
“This prize is open to the universities; it is also open to private laboratories and research institutes.”
Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has it's origin from China, with about a thousand deaths so far recorded, while many others are infected.
Lassa fever is a seasonal disease that usually breaks out in parts of Nigeria during the dry season and most infections usually result in death.
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