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Scientists provide no cure for COVID-19

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By Mercy Kelani

Nigerian minister in 2020, announced a 36 million naira prize for winners.

In Nigeria, scientists failed to claim the N36 million reward promised by the Federal Government for their breakthroughs in combating COVID-19 and Lassa Fever by providing a cure, despite the challenge issued by Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu 3 years ago. Regardless of the minister’s proclamation, no individual has stepped forward to lay claim on the substantial cash reward. The minister, in a statement, said that there is no limit to what can be achieved. When the declaration was made, Coronavirus had not made its way into Nigeria.

Prof. Maurice Iwu, a former chairman of INEC, astounded everyone with a groundbreaking revelation on March 1, 2020. During a meeting with Onu at the Ministry’s headquarters in Abuja, he confidently presented a remedy for COVID-19, just few weeks after the announcement of a substantial cash reward. Iwu, an esteemed pharmacognosy expert, leads the Bioresources Institute of Nigeria (BION), where his dedicated research team devised a potential remedy. On February 27, 2020, an agreement called the Non-Clinical Evaluation Agreement was established between the research group and the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, an agency of the US government.

A committee of Nigerian Academy of Science Fellows was established for it.

Iwu emphasized the importance of relying on the Federal Government and Nigerians to aid the group in transforming their potential cure into a viable drug. He identified finance as the sole obstacle impeding the drug’s progress. Onu, in his reaction to Iwu’s presentation, encouraged the research group to share their findings with a specialized team established by the Federal Government for the purpose of evaluating potential remedies and healthcare advancements. The minister expressed that the cash prize of N36 million, offered by the Federal Government, aims to serve as inspiration to scientists in Nigeria who successfully uncover cures for both coronavirus and Lassa Fever.

Also, the minister made it known that the introduction of a monetary reward had prompted the establishment of a committee constituted by Nigerian Academy of Science Fellows. This committee was tasked with thoroughly investigating the assertions made by certain Nigerians who strongly believe they have discovered a remedy for the COVID-19 ailment. On February 13th, 2020, Onu issued a call to Nigerian scientists, urging them to embark on a quest to discover a remedy for the COVID-19 virus. In order to motivate their efforts, he promised a generous sum of N36 million as a financial incentive. Ever since, a multitude of organisations and people have reached out to the ministry, asserting that their extensive studies and organic concoctions possess the ability to remedy COVID-19.

Lassa Fever continues to persist as a pressing public health emergency.

Among Nigerian researchers and scientists striving to find a solution for COVID-19, Iwu’s endeavours have garnered the greatest attention. However, Iwu and his team’s endeavours failed to yield the desired cure, and when COVID-19 ravaged the globe, Nigeria resorted to relying on imported vaccines to mitigate the transmission of the illness. Despite multiple efforts, a reliable remedy for Lassa Fever, a disease that typically emerges in various regions of Nigeria when the weather is dry, remains elusive. Unfortunately, the majority of individuals infected with the disease succumb to it.

Despite three years passing, Nigerian scientists were still unable to claim the N36 million cash reward. Insiders from the Federal Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology have revealed that no scientist emerged victorious in securing the cash reward. In light of the Federal Government’s N36 million cash prize, which was offered during a time when COVID-19 posed a significant public health risk, it appears that the circumstances have now shifted. However, despite the diminishing threat of COVID-19, Lassa Fever continues to persist as a pressing public health emergency within Nigeria.

NLNG Science prize is $100,000 and is higher than the N38 million prize.

The minister presented the N36 million reward with an established timeline, specifications and details, yet no one came forward to claim the prize with a cure for COVID-19 and Lassa Fever. The value of the prize may be seen as insignificant when compared to the NLNG Science Prize which amounts to one hundred thousand US dollars, over 90 million naira in Nigerian currency. However, the Academy also provides the winners with a prestigious gold medal to further recognize their worth.

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2 months ago

Scientists provide no cure for COVID-19. – Nigerian minister in 2020, announced a 36 million naira prize for winners. – Express your point of view.

Adeoye Adegoke
2 months ago

Yeah, it’s true that scientists haven’t found a cure for COVID-19 yet. It’s a complex and evolving virus that has presented many challenges to the global scientific community. However, researchers and medical professionals around the world are working tirelessly to develop effective treatments and vaccines to combat the virus.
Regarding the Nigerian minister’s announcement of a 36 million naira prize for COVID-19 solutions, it’s great to see the government’s recognition of the importance of finding solutions to this pandemic. Initiatives like this can encourage innovation and provide an incentive for scientists and researchers to come up with groundbreaking ideas that could potentially lead to advancements in the fight against COVID-19.
While finding a cure is a complex and time-consuming process, it’s important to support scientific research and remain hopeful that breakthroughs will happen. In the meantime, it’s crucial that we continue to follow public health guidelines and protocols to protect ourselves and others from the virus. Stay safe and let’s keep hoping for positive developments in the battle against COVID-19! 🌍🔬💪

2 months ago

Scientists are unable to find a COVID-19 treatment. For COVID-19, there is currently no known treatment. All it truly proves is that scientists can only work to control and treat the illness for now we should continue battle it we will surely find cure scientist should put more effort

2 months ago

It’s unfortunate that despite efforts, Nigerian scientists couldn’t claim the N36 million reward for a COVID-19 and Lassa Fever cure. The challenges, including financial obstacles, seem to have hindered progress in developing a viable remedy. The persistence of Lassa Fever as a public health emergency adds to the ongoing concerns despite the changing landscape of COVID-19.

2 months ago

Scientists report that there is still no recognized cure for COVID-19. Because of this complex and ever-changing pathogen, the scientific community around the world has encountered several challenges. Across the world, researchers are working to develop vaccines that will successfully combat the virus.It’s critical to encourage scientific inquiry and hold out hope for advance results.