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COVID -19 cure: FG yet to show interest in our drug – Maurice Iwu

Chief Executive Officer of Bioresources Development Group (BDG), Prof. Maurice Iwu, says the Federal Government was yet to show interest in treatment presented by his team of researchers for cure to the Coronavirus.

P:rof. Iwu made this known during Zoom Conference organised by Elombah Communications in collaboration with Njenje Media Ltd, tagged ‘Covid-19 and the proposed Vaccination Bill: Implications for Nigeria.’

The former INEC boss, who led a team of researchers on cure to Coronavirus, had presented a plant-based patented treatment to the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu.

But, Prof. Iwu while speaking at the Zoom Conference, said the Federal Government was yet to show interest in the drug, while calling on the National Assembly to organise an emergency public hearing on the matter.

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He said the lawmakers through their oversight function should direct agency concern to fast track the process of validating the drug.

Prof. Iwu’s words, “Government needs to show interest in our drug. The money raised by private sectors can be deployed. It does not need to come to Prof. Iwu. It is information, the product is ours, but the information is already outside.

“There must be interest on the part of government that they want to test the drug. Once the government shows interest, every other thing will fall in place.

He said the lawmakers could have a public hearing on the drug and ask why the validation for the drug is taking longer than necessary.