The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University, Oye Ekiti, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, on Monday  said that Nigerian universities are not doing enough on innovations and inventions in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sormekun, said that the pandemic would propel the citadels of learning to be more active in reacting to the issues of human existence.

The VC, who spoke with journalists at Oye Ekiti, said, “Unlike other universities across the world where a lot is being done in the fight against COVID-19, I am not too sure whether a lot is being done in Nigerian universities. Remember the Biblical dictum which says to who much is given, much is required.

“Because of that particular phenomenon, I don’t think we are rising to the COVID-19 occasion as being done in the rest of the world. People are talking of the Chinese vaccine, the Russian vaccine, the vaccine from United Kingdom, and the United States of America. I am really yet to hear about a vaccine from Nigeria.

“But I am optimistic, going by the saying of a wise man that ‘adversity is an elixir’. I want to, therefore, weigh on the side of optimism by saying that probably, this particular adversity will wake up all of us as regards the need for the scientific community to be more active in this and other areas of human existence,” he said.

Soremekun, added that just like some universities were putting things together and talking to the government about what they had to offer, FUOYE had been bringing forward what it had done in the battle against COVID-19.

The VC, who appealed to the appropriate authorities to put plans in place so that universities could resume by early September, lamented that “COVID-19 has more or less disrupted our academic rhythm and cirle.”

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