The Federal government of Nigeria has offered N36 million Naira to anyone who finds a cure for the novel coronavirus that has killed over 1,000 persons.
Speaking at a send forth party organised in honour of the former director of Chemical Technology in the ministry, who recently retired, Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu made the pledge to Nigerian scientists.
The Minister explained that the N36 million pledge was to spur innovation to “address human problems not only at local scale but at global level.”
“I am confident that our scientists have what it takes to find solution to our problems and make Nigeria be self reliant. I have no doubt in my mind that they can do it”, he said.
“This is the only way we can reposition our nation to be self reliant: creating jobs, fight poverty and create wealth for our people in line with President Buhari’s agenda.”
“We are doing our best to encourage them in this regard. I challenge them to go into research and find solution to Coronavirus so that the world will know that we have the best minds we can be proud of.
“I am challenging our scientists On behalf of the Ministry, I am pledging the sum of N36million for any Nigerian scientist that finds solution to Coronavirus.
“We will not go to bed or rest until solution is found to this disease,” he added.