Staff Union of Research Institutions (ASURI) has urged the Federal Government
to spend 20 percent of the donations received to fight the COVID-19 pandemic
received on research for a cure.
the call on Monday in a memo addressed to the Secretary to the Government of
the Federation and chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID19.
Institute for Medical Research, the National Institute for Pharmaceutical
Research and Development, the National Institute for Trypanosomiasis Research,
the Nigerian Natural Medicine Development Agency and the National Biotechnology
Development Agency. They charged the Federal Government to look inwards in
finding the cure for coronavirus. They also asked the government to devote a
minimum of one-fifth of the monetary donations received towards combating the
coronavirus pandemic to funding health-related research.
mandate research institutes, the National Institute for Medical Research
(NIMR), which has the capacity to bail us out had been conducting studies on
coronavirus even before its outbreak. Besides, NIMR had a couple of its own
corona test kits acquired through collaborative efforts with foreign donors
while the government was still scrambling to put things together.”