The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnnaya Onu, says apart from the former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Maurice Iwu, whose proposed cure for coronavirus is being tested by the United States, three more Nigerian scientists have submitted for verification what they believe is the cure for the disease.
Dr Ogbonnaya Onu while delivering a keynote address at a National Youth Summit of the Middle Belt Youth Council which held in Jos, the Plateau State Saturday said, “I want to tell you as the Minister of Science and Technology that we have three other scientists who have sent information to us on what they believe can approximate to cure or can lead to a cure of the coronavirus disease. And right now, that information is being scrutinized.” But did not disclose the identity of the three new scientists, This is coming one week after the minister was quoted on National Dailies that the US was conducting tests on Professor Maurice Iwu’s ‘chemical compound’.
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He also said “What we did was to ask the Nigerian Academy of Science to set up a standing committee of the best experts in that specialized area to assess all the claims. When a claim comes to us, it’s not for the ministry to examine; rather we subject it to the scrutiny and analysis of these high profile scientists set up by the President of the Academy.
“We want Nigerians to know that the time is gradually coming to an end when for any problem we have, we will be looking for other people to solve it for us.”
He revealed that the ministry has finalized plans to hold an innovation expo that would arouse the interest of the youth in new technology.