Olorunnimbe Mamora, the minister of science and technology, claims that the department’s agencies have created diagnostic procedures, treatments, and medications for widespread illnesses such as sickle cell anemia and hypertension.
During the State House briefing hosted by the presidential communications team on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Mr. Mamora made this disclosure.
The minister claimed that his organization had achieved significant strides in manufacturing equipment and food processing to increase food output.
Because of the vast number of people living with sickle cell disease and carriers in Nigeria, I can say that we have created plant-based products that fight or are anti-sickening in nature, which reduces the frequency of attacks that often arise from the condition.
According to the minister, Lovastatin, which lowers cholesterol, and anti-hypertensive medications were also created.
The first step in managing a patient is establishing the correct diagnosis; if you don’t make the appropriate diagnosis, you cannot treat what you don’t know. Therefore I can say that with our molecular diagnostic laboratories, we have built a manner of recognizing or making a diagnosis.
Regarding agriculture, he said that the Nigeria 2050 Agenda, a recent report, predicted that Nigeria’s population will increase from its present estimate of 200 million to around 350 million by the year 2050.
He claims that food is still essential to ending poverty in such a population.
He said that efforts were concentrated on enhancing food production to ensure that there would be food security.
So, to relieve the burden on yam, cassava, and maize as industrial raw materials, we have developed Tacca (fake yam) to manufacture starch and glucose syrup.
We have also developed a method for extracting ethanol and glucose syrup from sweet sorghum.
Through the creation of enhanced seeds and seedlings that are given to farmers, we have been able to support agricultural projects. These include cowpea, rice, ginger, banana, plantain, cassava, and sugar.
According to the minister, Nigeria has previously experienced post-harvest losses; as a result, the ministry created seeds resistant to pests and flooding through its agencies.
According to Mr. Mamora, the ministry was able to implement techniques for harvest preservation to prevent rots and increase yields.
He said that the government and its agencies had created equipment for food processing and raw material preservation.