The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has advised President Muhammadu Buhari government to plan on how Nigeria will produce it’s own local COVID-19 vaccines.
The union warned the federal government to stop replying only on foreign vaccines imported from another countries.
Some health experts in the country had earlier said Nigeria does not have what it takes to start production of vaccines yet because no investment has been made. The scientists added that among what Nigeria needs to start producing vaccines in the country is the facilities, Partnership with technologists.
However, The ASUU Chairman of Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSTECH), Dipo Akomolafe while briefing Journalists on Friday at a press conference urged the federal government to instead make plans for universities and research institutes in the country to find an effective treatment to the ravaging coronavirus
Dipo added that the closure of schools to curb or curtail COVID-19 spread in the country is not necessary and was never a solution, stressing that providing adequate facilities in schools which will enable prevent spread of COVID-19 is okay enough to reopen schools other than the closure
Dipo in his statement said; ”If our universities and research institutes are mobilised and encouraged by the federal government, they will find a solution to the scourge of coronavirus.”
”From the presentation of the government so far, most deaths recorded were from the ages of 60 above and the range of youths was not much. The closure of schools over COVID-19 is not the option,” he added.
The federal government had on Thursday maintained January 18th as resumption for all schools in the country following agreement and consensus reached with stakeholders in education sector.