Sunday, 28 November 2021 03:26

Buhari challenges Universities to develop COVID-19 Vaccine

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

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

The president added that the development of the vaccine would fortify Nigerians’ immune system against the virus.

According to him, “You all know that in the year 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic began its devastating effect on the education sub-sectors, leading to the destruction of universities’ academic activities.

He also tasked the universities to explore available opportunities, including research collaboration with allied industries and development partners to create other sources of revenue generation.

He, however, said the federal government is committed and determined to combat and defeat all acts of criminality across the country for meaningful development to thrive.

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 because of the current security challenges in the country. 

[Vanguard] 

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