PROF BALA REITERATES FUTMINNA COMMITMENT IN NATURAL PLANTS RESEARCH

especially in the field of natural plants for the production of medicines for the treatment of diseases.

The Vice-Chancellor made this disclosure on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 when the Director General, Nigerian Natural Medicine Development Agency (NNMDA), Dr. Sam Oghena Etatuvie paid him a courtesy visit at the Senate Building.

Prof. Bala disclosed that many staff of the University have conducted researches in the area of natural plants geared at proffering solutions to some well-known diseases in the country and urged the Agency to show strong commitment by investing in those researches so that they would lead to products.

“We have many technologies in the area of natural plants on our shelves that will need the Agency to provide the platform for our researchers to excel”, the VC reiterated.

The VC advised the Agency to look into investing in the cultivation of some medicinal plants that are predominant in each geo-political zone while noting that planting should be done during the rainy season.

The Vice-Chancellor called for speedy renewal of the existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Agency and the University to address some new areas for the development of the nation.

“The existing MoU has elapsed since 2015 and there is urgent need for us to renew the MoU in order to address some areas and if possible add new things to the MoU to broaden the scope of the document”, he advised.

Prof. Bala expressed optimism that the renewal of the MoU would further strengthen the existing collaboration between the two parties, adding that the issue of water scarcity at the Agency’s farm within the University Campus has been addressed with the drilling of borehole at the farm through the Federal Government Needs Assessment Funds.

Speaking earlier, the DG, NNMDA, Dr. Etatuvie congratulated the Vice-Chancellor on his appointment, adding that the Agency has been following the University’s progress with keen interest.

The DG said the visit was in line with the present administration’s desire to diversify the economy as well as the national strategic competitiveness in raw materials for products development while stating that such has necessitated the Agency to look critically into natural plants for the production of medicines for treating diseases.

He frowned at the fact that Nigeria is not making enough money from the cultivation of natural plants for medicinal purposes like China and India and tasked researchers to look into the area.

The helmsman of NNMDA revealed that the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has directed the Agency to revive all its farms and to use science, technology and innovation to carry out scientific analysis of plants that could be used to cure diseases.

He assured the University Management that the Agency would do everything possible to renew the MoU.

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