The Minister of Science and Technology has challenged Nigerian scientists to go out and find cures for Lassa Fever and Coronavirus.
The statement was made while at an event held to mark the retirement from service of a former director of the Department of Chemical Technology, A.O Oyefeso.
Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu 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 fulfill our pledge.
“This prize is open to the universities; it is also open to private laboratories and research institutes.”