President Muhammadu Buhari pushed Nigerian institutions on Saturday to take the lead in vaccine research and production in the country.

The President made the announcement at the University of Ilorin’s 36th convocation ceremony.

He also asked universities to take the lead in the country’s fight against infections and diseases.

Buhari, who was represented at the ceremony by Prof. Ignatius Onimawo, a former Vice-Chancellor of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, urged the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to engage in conversation with the government in the resolution of conflicts.

“The nation expects universities to play a key role in COVID-19 vaccine research in Nigeria,” he stated.

“The Nigerian university system must live up to the nation’s expectations.”

“Let me remind ASUU that no one benefits from a crisis,” he said.
While government cannot cure all of society’s problems, this administration is willing to listen to grievances and other points of view in order to better manage a situation.

“Given the period lost to the COVID-19 epidemic, the academic system can no longer endure any catastrophe.”