The Federal Government is to redouble its effort towards the eradication of tsetse flies so as to ensure food security for the nation.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu disclosed this when he paid a facility visit to the National Institute for Trypanosomiasis Research (NITR) in Kaduna on Friday.
In his words, “For Nigeria to provide livestock to meet the protein needs of the people, tsetse fly eradication is quite important”.
NITR has an important role to play in ending the herdsmen/farmers clashes by helping to eradicate the menace of tsetse flies, thereby assisting the herdsmen to get settled in one place to tend their livestock. He therefore urged NITR to intensify its research on tsetse fly eradication, adding that the president is determined to bring to an end the incessant clashes.
Dr. Onu further said that the institute should get prepared to expand its mandate to include the war against malaria parasites, which affects all countries in Africa. He explained that the institute is well placed to beam its research light on eradication of the mosquitoes which is the prime cause of Malaria in Africa.
Earlier, the Director General of NITR Dr. Augustine Igwe, in his remark said the institute intends to build new laboratory structures, as the ones in use were built during the colonial era.
He added that the institute was also trying to introduce certain innovations enabling it deploy laboratories to the areas were tsetse flies were prevalent.
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7TH FEBRUARY 2020.