NATURAL MEDICINE DEVELOPMENT: FUTMINNA, AGENCY RENEW MOU

In his remarks at the event which took place at the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Abuja, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Abdullahi Bala, fsssn, described the agreement as a sign of good things to come, adding that re-signing the document was an opportunity to solidify the relationship between both institutions.

Prof. Bala stressed the need to review the progress that has so far been made under the first MOU signed in 2011 that saw to the establishment of a medicinal farm in the University. He said the farm is a veritable opportunity to move the relationship forward.

Pointing out that much is being said about natural medicine in the society without the corresponding will to go the extra mile about it, he expressed commitment to the success of the collaboration.

In his remarks, the Director General of NNMDA, Dr. Samuel Etatuvie said the Agency holds FUT, Minna in high esteem. He commended the University for sustaining interest in the collaboration, noting that a lot of benefits would accrue to both parties if they stick faithfully to the MOU.

Dr. Etatuvie disclosed that approval had been given for the resuscitation of the Agency’s College of Natural Medicine Technology and expressed hope to collaborate with the University in that regard.

He assured that the Agency intends to resume work soon at the demonstration farm in the University, adding that the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology was keen on product development.

Speaking earlier, Dean, School of Life Sciences, Prof. Emmanuel Ogbadoyi, disclosed that the collaboration between FUT, Minna and the Agency was conceived with the thinking that such would do a lot of good for the country.

He recalled that under the previous agreement, the University had allocated a 10-hectare land for the cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants at the Gidan Kwano campus, while NNMDA funded a study of the soil type, which was undertaken by the Department of Soil Science and Land Management in the University, to determine which plants would be suitable there.

Prof. Ogbadoyi expressed hope that with the renewal of the MOU, more would be done in actualising the terms of the agreement, especially the training and product development components.

The MOU includes research collaboration in making natural products, natural medicine, traditional medicine, science and engineering as well as agricultural practices. It also covers joint programme development and exchange of technical visits.

Both parties are also to work together in the aspects of novel drugs, diagnostics, biotechnology, nanotechnology in medicine, bioinformatics and synthetic biology, among other things.

Others on the University’s delegation were Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Emmanuel Udensi; Director, Research, Innovation and Development, Prof. Hussaini Makun; Deputy Director, Legal Services, Mrs. Evelyn Makun and Deputy Director, Collaboration, Affiliation and Linkages, Dr. Haruna Ibrahim.


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