delivered the 54th Inaugural Lecture of the Federal University of Technology, Minna at the Caverton Lecture Theatre, Main Campus.

In the lecture titled "Natural Product Chemistry and Prospects for Transforming Traditional Medicines into Modern Pharmaceuticals," Prof. Dauda said that, if pursued in sustainable manner, the move would be a large-scale foreign exchange earner.

He maintained that in view of the country's diverse and untapped flora, it could rival China and India that have pursued a deliberate policy of research and transformation of their traditional medicines into modern pharmaceuticals.

Prof. Dauda, however, bemoaned the vacuum in the regulation, assessment of safety, efficacy and quality control of the use of herbal medicines in West Africa, adding that research into the properties of medicinal plants has not received adequate attention, leaving traditional medical practices in their undeveloped forms.

To adequately address the problem, he called for the screening and development of the country's natural products which will in turn enhance national healthcare programmes and usher the country into large scale production of pharmaceuticals.

He disclosed that Natural Product Chemistry has contributed immensely to the structural elucidation of many compounds used in traditional medicines, a situation that has aided the scientific study of nature and potentials of the herbs.

The Don expressed hope that with improved quality and modernisation, the traditional medical system will be integrated into the mainstream of Nigeria's medical system.

He called for a reappraisal of herbal remedies for their potential contribution to the economy and health care programme.

In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Musbau Adewumi Akanji, FAS, FNSBMB, commended the Inaugural Lecturer for his contributions to knowledge.
He also thanked all dignitaries for attending the event.


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