By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos
Industrialists in Nigeria have been urged to exploit the possibility of commercial production of the medical innovations on Malaria control developed by winners of 2017 NLNG Prize for Science.
The call was made by the Chairman, Advisory Board of the Nigeria NLG Prize for Science, Professor Alfred Susu, at an interactive workshop with the winners of the 2017 NLNG Prize for Science in Lagos.
Susu also charged industrial stakeholders to create an avenue to provide optimal utility for actualizing the main reason for setting up the NLNG Prize competition.
The purpose is to provide solutions to Nigeria’s socio-economic problems using NLNG Prize for Science, said Susu.
He expressed surprise that other industrial giants have not picked up from where NLNG started.
The scholar stressed that if industrial magnates had taken after NLNG “we won’t be where we are today,” adding: “It is not too late; when you see good things you copy them.”
Explaining the reason for his quest for investment in the Malaria control innovations, Susu stated that Nigeria Prize for Science Awards create scientific innovations.
He commended the winners of the NLNG Prize for Science, noting that the 2017 series was competitive.
According to him, when the prize was relaunched in 2016, the theme was “Innovations In Malaria Control,” and the competition was limited to Nigerian scientists. He, however, said that any scientists in any part of the world who can help in solving Nigeria’s problems are welcome to put entry for the prize.
He pointed out that the competition reinforced the awareness that ample research works have been done on Malaria.
He declared: “In 2016, the competition recorded the highest number of entries since its inauguration. 24 research works on the theme: Innovations In Malaria Control were submitted between 2016 and 2017.
“The increased number of entries for 2017 demonstrated that Nigerian scientists have heeded the wake-up call to demonstrate their ingenuity.”
The professor disclosed that entries came from different parts of the world. He expressed satisfaction that Nigerians won the competition that involved scientists all over the world.
“I’m very proud that all the winners of the prize are Nigerians. I’m very proud of that,” the Emeritus Professor of Chemical Engineering who won the maiden NLNG prize for science in 2004 emphasized.
Winners of the 2017 NLNG Prize for Science made presentations on the occasion.
Presentation by Dr. Chukwuma Agubata was on “Novel Lipid Microparticles for Effective Delivery of Artemether Antimalarial Drug Using A Locally Sourced Irvingia Fat From Nuts of Irvingia Gabonensis Var Excelsa (Ogbono).
Professor Olugbenga Mokuola explained his innovation on “Multifaceted Efforts At Malaria Control In Research : Management Of Malaria Of Various Grades And Mapping Artemisinin Resistance.”
Presentation by Ifeoluwapo Ajayi, Ayodele Jegede and Bidemi Yusuf was on “Improving Home and Community Management of Malaria: Providing The Evidence Base.” Yusuf made the presentation on behalf of the three joint winners of the prize this category.
The interactive workshop was organized by the Medical, Pharmaceutical and Allied Service Group of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) in conjunction with Nigeria NLG Limited.