- President Buhari has tasked universities in the country to develop a COVID-19 vaccine to tackle the dreaded virus
- The Nigerian leader on Saturday, November 27, said the development of the vaccine would fortify the immune system of citizens against the virus
- According to the president, his administration is committed to tackling the challenges of sustainable funding for research
Universities across Nigeria have been challenged to intensify their research in order to develop the COVID-19 vaccine to tackle the virus afflicting the West African country and the world.
The Nigerian leader who was represented by the minister of state for education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, explained that Nigerians’ immune system against the virus would be fortified with the development of the vaccine.
According to him, Nigerian Universities were supposed to be centres for scientific and technological discoveries, inventions, and values as well as drivers of societal development, The Punch added.
PAY ATTENTION: Install our latest app for Android, read best news on Nigeria’s #1 news app
The president maintained that his administration is committed to tackling the challenges of sustainable funding for research, capacity building and employment creation.
COVID-19 Vaccine: Buhari Issues Stern Warning to World Leaders
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that world leaders and global health institutions had been cautioned against sidelining less privileged countries in terms of access to COVID-19 vaccines.
President Buhari issued the warning on Thursday, November 11, while delivering a keynote speech at the Paris Peace Forum (PPF).
In a statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, and shared on Facebook, the president said the needless hoarding of vaccines will undermine the entire effort for safety.
Buhari's minister warns civil servants across Nigeria
In a related development, the federal government reminded Nigerian civil servants that the December 1 deadline for COVID-19 vaccination still stands.
This was re-iterated by the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, on Monday, November 22, during a press briefing in Abuja on vaccination updates.
Dr. Ehanire noted that while those who love their jobs have been vaccinated, some other persons have refused to adhere to this preventive step given by the government.