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Unilorin, ABUAD scientists partner to develop medicinal rice


Scientists at the University of Ilorin and their counterparts at Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), are finalising arrangements to develop an improved rice variety with medicinal potentials against cancer.

A report in the University of Ilorin Bulletin on Monday stated that this was the outcome of the collaboration between the two institutions for which a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Feb. 2.

According to the report, the N50 million project would be carried out over a four-year period and expected to be funded from the National Research Fund of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TET-Fund).

It said that the project was aimed at enhancing the well-being of rice farmers and improving the health conditions of consumers in the country.

“The main research collaborators include Prof. Samuel Onasanya, Education Technology and Training Expert, University of Ilorin; Dr Michael Awolola, Industrial Chemist, University of Ilorin and Prof. Amos Onasanya, a Biochemist, Geneticist and Molecular Plant Pathologist.

“Others are ABUAD dons like Prof. Olarotimi Ojo, a Chemist, and Dr Phillip Okiki, an Animal Health Expert, among others,’’ it said.

The report quoted the Vice-Chancellor of Afe Babalola University, Prof. Michael Ajisafe, as saying that the MoU with University of Ilorin was the 13th the institution signed with other universities.

“ We are happy to partner with Unilorin, which is the most peaceful university in the country and we are sure that based on its antecedents, the partnership will work,” he said.

It also quoted the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Technology and Innovations, University of Ilorin, as saying research collaboration was in pursuit of the university’s sustained bid for all-round development of the nation’s education system.

“The country stands to gain a lot from it,” he said.

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1 Comment
  • Prince Awele Odor

    Medicinal rice?!!!! This will certainly be a GM rice like the GM rice named “golden rice” which Prof. Ingo Potrykus and Dr. Peter Beyer developed and claimed the cure vitamin A deficiency. Greenpeace (independent group of experts) showed it was falsehood.

    What disease will it cure?

    The tools, method and safety studies of it must be made public through journal and newspaper publications and there must be repeat of the method and the certification of its safety by independent experts before it is provided for human consumption.

    But more important, why are Nigerians so gullible, subservient and slavish concerning foreign ideas and practices? Why do we not wait until the tools and method used for developing GMOs and the safety of GM foods are certified by independent experts and, hence, provide the standard for copying before we copy, bearing it in mind that GMOs deplete soil fertility and poison other NON GM crops through horizontal and vertical foreign gene transfer, that NO GMO has been shown to be safe anywhere in the world, not even one, and that it has been shown that the herbicides and pesticides sprayed on GM-based farms cause cancers and other deadly diseases?