We Have To Invest In Science, Our Life Depends On It – NAFDAC Boss

Ignatius Igwe  
Updated March 3, 2020

The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has called on Federal Government to invest in science.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, NAFDAC Director-General, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye said the nation’s life depends on science.

“We’ve got to invest in Science in Nigeria. It is science that makes active pharmaceutical ingredients. It is science that makes non-active pharmaceutical ingredients. It is science that will do clinical trials.

“So we to invest in science because our life depends on it,” she stated while emphasizing on the importance on science in efforts to boost the nation’s drug security.

NAFDAC Director-General, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye speaks on drug insecurity during an interview on Sunrise Daily on March 3, 2020.

According to her, Nigeria needs to change its educational curriculum for proper investment in science in tertiary institutions.

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She therefore wants lecturers to think outside of the box before research findings can be translated into visible products that solve solutions.

Speaking further, the NAFDAC boss noted that adequate funding and passion are necessary factors to be considered in tacking drugs insecurity in the country.

When asked what the government needs to do in order to encourage private investors, Adeyeye stated that the Federal Government needs to create a National Institute of Health.

“The government has to invest in science. The government has to have a National Institute of Health, and a National Science Foundation. These two institutes in the United States are the ones that drive research.

“The government has to invest in the universities. Again, I try to be cautious when it comes to throwing money at a particular issue. We’ve got to develop the passion to take Nigeria to a next level.” She said.