As Scientists the world over continue to research into most efficacious vaccine that could bring under immediate control the ravaging coronavirus-19 pandemic, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abu Kasim Adamu has inaugurated some teams of researchers from Centre of Applied Science and Technology Research (CASTER) of the Institution to commence a number of high-impact studies into effective control of the deadly scourge in Nigeria.

Speaking while inaugurating the research teams in the Senate Chamber of the University, Professor Adamu charged the scientists to direct their study towards producing efficacious vaccine that could control the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

He assured the research teams of the University’s readiness to support the efforts, stressing that the Molecular Laboratory of the Institution would be make functional to boost research activities.

Professor Adamu further enjoined the research groups to work hard by ensuring that IBB University takes the lead in finding scientific solutions to infectious diseases in Nigeria and the world at large.

He commended the researchers of the University for always being proactive; pledging the Management full support to the success of the initiatives.

Presenting the research proposals to the Management, the Director, CASTER, Professor Nuhu George Obaje stated that IBB University is a known Institution for high-impact research efforts and was poised to take the challenge of embarking on studies that could help to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.

He pointed out that the immediate study would be on seroprevalence of COVID-19 in Nigeria with initial pilot research of Niger State, which would be coordinated by Dr. Hussain Majiya of Microbiology Department of the University.

The Director also said that the study would cover the Potentials of Gmelina Arborea in the treatment of Coronavirus that would be coordinated by Dr Musa Mohammed of Chemistry Department, among other researches.

Professor Obaje thanked the Management for unflinching support and assured of valid results that would be beneficial to the humanity in general.

In a vote of thanks, the Registrar, Alhaji Musa Ango Abdullahi appreciated the readiness of the team to go into the assignment, adding that the University Management would be happy to receive a favourable result at the end.