The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas and the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry have celebrated some Nigerian researchers who have created anti-malaria drugs.
The researchers, who also emerged joint winners of $100,000 at the 2017 Nigeria Prize for Science presented their winning work on malaria to members of the Medical and Pharmaceutical wing of the LCCI and the NLNG during the celebration of the World Malaria Day.
The researchers are Ikeoluwapo Ajayi, Ayodele Jegede, Bidemi Yusuf, Olugbenga Mokuolu and Chukwuma Agubata.
According to the LCCI and the NLNG that sponsored the programme, the forum was part of initiatives by them to bridge the gap between scientific research, patents and production and bring value of winning scientific works to the benefit of Nigerians.
In his remarks, the Designate Manager, Communications and Public Affairs, NLNG, Andy Odeh, stated that the NLNG was committed to helping find solutions to malaria, in line with its vision to help build a better nation.
He said “For two years, we persistently featured malaria as the theme for the Nigeria Prize for Science titled “Innovations on Malaria Control”. There was no winner in 2016 but we were relentless in trying to contribute to the body of knowledge of scientific works that will, one day, eradicate Malaria globally.
“Nigeria has taken ownership of finding this solution through the prize and we hope the search doesn’t end with the science prize. Malaria has remained one of the deadliest diseases in the country and Nigeria still records unacceptably high number of casualties; hence, the need to translate research to actual benefits.”
The President, LCCI, Mr. Babatunde Ruwase, who was represented by the Deputy President, LCCI, Mrs. Toki Mabogunje, said the partnership between the NLNG and LCCI bridged the gap between research and reality.
He said that one of the banes of scientific endeavours in the country was that scientists ended up being unsung heroes, without any real benefit to the society.
He expressed hope that the presentation of scientific works to the LCCI members would be sustained to bridge the gap.
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