A Nigerian academic, Prof. Gregory Ibeh has announced the release of the sum of $1 million to advance the research as the fight against the COVID-19 intensifies globally.
ABN TV gathered that the entrepreneur and inventor will also assist in the research via his Abia-based Gregory University Uturu, which has earlier hinted on the development on January 19.
The university is also calling for submission of proposals among interested researchers.
In a statement signed by the Registrar of Gregory University Uturu, Rosemary Igboekwe, the endowment fund, which will be available to Scientists and Researchers within the bounds of southern Nigeria as grants, will be channeled through Gregory Iyke Foundation, the philanthropic organ of Prof Gregory Ibe.
The school management says the move will put Nigeria, which has been heavily reliant on foreign scientific aid, high on the ladder of COVID-19 research globally.
A letter addressed to Vice Chancellors of federal, state, and private universities in southern Nigeria signed by the Registrar, therefore, requests, “Interested Research Scientists to submit their proposals to the secretary of the COVID-19 Research Fund Committee, Dr. Prince Nkemakolam Okoroh of the Department of Biochemistry, Gregory University Uturu, on or before February 28, 2021.”
The statement adds that Gregory University Uturu has all the required instruments and equipment that will aid smooth conduct of the research exercise.
Applicants can submit proposals via the following emails;
Recall that Prof. Ibe had previously donated 850 bags of (50kg) rice to the Abia State government food bank for distribution to the needy in the 17 LGAs of the state during the period of lockdown in a bid to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 among the populace.
He also released over 10,000 cartons of noodles to the 17 local government areas and groups in the state, while also providing two ambulances to assist the state’s inter-ministerial committee on COVID-19 to convey blood samples to Abakaliki for testing.
All the donations were channeled through Gregory Iyke Foundation