- There is good news as Nigeria has started making progress in testing kits
- According to Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria has developed testing kits to diagnose the virus
- Meanwhile, the vice president praised Nigerian scientists, saying they are assets
There is hope that Nigeria will have its own COVID-19 vaccine. This is according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
According to the VP, a private university in Osun state is already working on producing the vaccine.
Specifically, he said the Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun state, is on top of the situation, Punch reports.
Osinbajo disclosed this while representing President Muhammadu Buhari virtually at a forum organised by the Nigerian Academy of Engineering.
According to a statement by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Laolu Akande, the VP also lauded Nigerian scientists. He said they are assets that should be nurtured.
“I think the pandemic has truly opened up the immense talents and creativity of Nigerian scientists and engineers and if the current momentum is supported, the next few years could be incredibly exciting."
The United Nations earlier listed Nigeria as one of the countries capable of producing the COVID-19 vaccine if supported. Other countries are South Africa and Kenya.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that a section of Nigerian politicians had been accusing Osinbajo of being weak and in the dark as to the powers at play in the presidency.
Political heavyweights in this category believe that Osinbajo's powers have been drastically reduced by an alleged cabal in a bid to swing the pendulum towards its direction.
However, the minister of state for labour and employment, Festus Keyamo, debunked these claims and erroneous notions.
In another development, Osinbajo declared that Nigeria's unity requires equity, justice, and fairness.
Professor Osinbajo made the comment on Friday, March 12, while delivering a convocation lecture at the Sokoto State University.
A statement sent to Legit.ng by Laolu Akande, spokesman of the vice president noted that the lecture was titled Nigeria: Some Defining Issues for the Future.
The statement quoted the vice president as saying:
“We must not overlook any fears or allegations of marginalization or discrimination on account of religion or ethnicity..."