In line with its commitment to boost and encourage the practice of traditional and Alternative medicine in Nigeria, the Federal government has presented a four bed-room-bungalow and a brand new car to a traditional medicine practitioner, Alhaji Adavi Aliyu Giwa in Adavi Local Government Area, Okene, Kogi state for his feat in traditional curative healing.

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu made the presentation on behalf of the Federal Government on Monday, August 13, in Okene, kogi state.

At the presentation ceremony, Dr. Ogbonnya Onu said that the work of genuine traditional medicine practitioners is very important both for efficient health care delivery system and for the promotion of the economic well-being of the nation.

 “what we are doing today is to show that every Nigerian is important in using science, technology and innovation both for an efficient healthcare delivery system and also for the promotion of the economic well-being of the nation”. He added

He noted that the urgent need to transform Nigeria into great nation, will require all Nigerians in all works of life to work together for the good of all, adding that every hands, brain, heart and soul of the nation were required to make Nigeria a truly great nation.

Dr. Onu called on all traditional medicine practitioners nationwide to train and mentor younger ones, so as to ensure  proper transfer of traditional healing knowledge and technology for the good of our nation.

 This, added, will guarantee a sustainable system that will ensure continuous deployment of herbal medicine for effective management and cure of various diseases that affect human beings.

 Dr. Onu assured, that the Ministry will support any creative , inventive and innovative ideas that can transform Nigeria’s economy from being entirely commodity-based to become a knowledge-based and innovation driven. one”

 “This will help us, as a nation, to create jobs and wealth, as well  as reduce poverty so as to improve the quality of life of Nigerians in conformity with the nation’s Economic Recovery and Growth plan (ERGP), 2017-2020 of the president Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration”  he added.

He appealed to Nigerians to tap into the huge market, estimated at above N100 billion of traditional medicine by exploiting our abundant herbal resources to create jobs and business for our people.

 Dr, Onu also called Alhaji Giwa and other traditional medicine practitioners, to protect their intellectual property through obtaining patents for their invention and innovation.

He assured all Nigerians that his ministry will stop at nothing   until the nation fully exploits the huge plant resources available in every state of the federation for the economic development.

 In his remarks, the Alhaji Giwa commended the uncommon loyalty of the Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and also called on the administration to see to the completion and take-off of Ajakuta Steel company so as to stimulate Nigeria ‘s technological development and generate employment.

The Minister of state for Labour and productivity, Stephen Ocheni, said the Federal Government is mindful of the challenges of the people and would bring health  care services nearer to the people by encouraging traditional medicine.

According to Prof. Ocheni, human capital development cannot be achieved without development in the health of our people. He commended the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu for honouring  one of their state’s sons, Alhaji Giwa.

He also commended the Ohinoyi, of Ebira land. Dr. Ado Ibrahim, for ensuring peace and stability in his domain and commended the Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello for providing good governance in the state.

The Minister of Health who was represented by Dr. kingley Nnalue said that the Federal government is committed to the development of traditional medicine and will to harness the abundant natural resources for its promotion.

AbdulGaniyu Aminu

Head; Press and public Relations Unit

August 14, 2018