By Stanley Iwuoha
If you think it is all over for herbal medicine, wait a bit to know what plans Federal government has for medicinal plants.
The government has initiated a Plant Specie Restoration Project across the seven hundred and seventy four (774) LGAs in the country to conserve rare plants for medicinal use in the future.
Minister of State for Science and Technology, Barr. Mohammed, who revealed this at the webinar on Science Advice for Covid-19 pandemic in the context of Biodiversity conservation and ecological restoration organized by UNESCO regional office in Abuja said Nigeria is endowed with enormous biological resources stretched across the country that can ensure sustainable development and healthy ecosystem.
Abdullahi also revealed that the Ministry is working tirelessly to ensure much value is added to innovative programs in the development of indigenous bio-resources using appropriate technologies.
“The Ministry is also partnering with the Nigeria Academy of Sciences to evaluate claims of possible cure for the covid-19. We are working on that and hopefully some tangible outcome will be provided”.
He underscored the importance of Science, Technology and Innovation in addressing the challenges and problem bedeviling human development and growth.
He further pointed out that the Ministry and its agencies had made significant interventions in the fight against covid-19 through the application of various approaches encompassing Preventive, Curative and Scientific evaluation of drugs samples and collaboration with relevant stakeholders.
The National Centre for Genetic Engineering of the Ministry is in the forefront of conserving the abundant plant generic resources of Nigeria.
“Various collaborations and linkages with other shareholders are on process to address the different climate issues such as climate change and bio-diversity,” he added.
He praised UNESCO for the initiative and hoped that the webinar will chart new frontiers in the global efforts to conserve the diverse bio-ecosystems for future generations.