Ademola Tayo, vice-chancellor of Babcock University, says the institution has put together a team of researchers towards finding a cure for the COVID-19 disease.
According to NAN, the professor broke the news on Tuesday in a statement by Joshua Suleiman, the institution’s director of marketing and communication.
The vice-chancellor said the team has now submitted research proposals on the COVID-19 disease to relevant government institutions for sponsorship and is currently awaiting approval.
“Babcock University has put together a team of researchers to find a cure to the raging coronavirus pandemic,” Tayo said.
“Our faculties in the departments of public health and agriculture, currently researching COVID-19, have submitted research proposals to the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science for sponsorship.
“We also do hope that private universities will be eligible for the federal government’s funding for research on the COVID-19 vaccine so we can benefit from it.”
Speaking for his institution, the VC debunked insinuations that private universities seem to have a zero failure rate while certificates were being awarded to the highest bidders.
“I cannot speak for other universities, but I supposed they don’t also ‘dash’ degrees to students,” Tayo continued.
“The private university system globally has effective and dynamic instructional mechanisms that make learning interesting and inspiring.
“I dare say that the private university system has contributed a lot to the higher education sector in Nigeria and Africa.
“It is an interesting atmosphere of teaching and learning, and building a community of scholars and scholarship where lecturers and students relate with each other with mutual respect.”
Since February 27, when Osagie Ehanire, the minister for health, confirmed the index case of the COVID-19 disease in Nigeria, the number of infected patients in the country has increased.
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