Govt Secretary, Nationwide Universities Fee (NUC) Prof. Abubakar Rasheed on Tuesday introduced that 32 federal, state and personal universities are conducting completely different phases of analysis to deal with direct and collateral impacts of COVID-19.
Prof. Rasheed, who was represented by Dr. Suleiman Yusuf, Deputy Govt Secretary, Lecturers, acknowledged this in Abuja at a information convention on the contribution of the Nigerian College System towards mitigating the affect of the pandemic.
He famous that the researches can be build up over the approaching months.
Based on him, the schools won’t relent of their efforts till COVID-19 is consigned to historical past and classes realized for tackling future nationwide epidemics and world pandemics.
“As at June 22, not lower than 32 universities are concerned in numerous phases of analysis aimed toward galvanising analysis towards the event of vaccines and non-vaccines.
“As in lots of different components of the world, the pandemic has challenged our data system, which has proved insufficient and insufficiently sturdy sufficient to reply to the challenges.
“Solely few establishments have been capable of utilise open and distance studying system to maintain college students engaged whereas the pandemic lasted and solely few laboratories continued with analysis and improvement actions.
“Nonetheless, the few who engaged in analysis and innovation work have demonstrated the necessity for a well-funded and robustly organised nationwide analysis and innovation system to catalyse the nationwide response,” he mentioned.
Prof. Rasheed added that within the space of Genomic analysis, the African Centres of Excellence (ACE), significantly the Centre for the Genomics of Infectious Ailments on the Redeemer’s College, Ede was collaborating with the College of Cambridge for the event of vaccines.
He mentioned different ACEs in Ahmadu Bello College, Zaria, Universities of Lagos, Benin, Port Harcourt and Jos, which served as nationwide testing and screening centres, had proved that world-class analysis and improvement was doable in Nigeria.