The Federal Government is to setup a committee to verify claims by scientists for the cure of Corona virus, otherwise known as Covid-19 and Lassa fever.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu said this at the Youths summit organized by the Middle Belt Youths Council in Jos over the weekend.
It would be recalled the Minister recently announced a prize of N36million for any scientist that discovers the cure for Covid-19 and Lassa fever.
According to Dr. Onu, the Nigerian Academy of Sciences is also fully involved in the work of the Committee on the verification of claims for the cure for Covid-19 and Lassa fever.
He further urged Nigerians to strive to surmount any future epidemic challenge and not depend on other nations for solution.
Dr. Onu also implored youths of the Middle-Belt and Nigeria at large, to take advantage of Science and Technology to improve their livelihood and fortunes. He appealed to them to believe that Nigeria can be better and be prepared to contribute their quota to ensure that Nigeria surmount her challenges.
Dr. Onu also urged Nigerian youths to take advantage of the forthcoming Science and Technology Expo, delve into new technologies and startup businesses that would improve their lives, adding that the Ministry will support them to be employers of labor and creators of wealth.
Earlier the President of the Middle Belt Youth Association, Mr. Emmanuel Zopmal said Nigerian youths should embrace Science, Technology and Innovation to improve their fortunes.
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