Former Lagos State governor and now minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, and the 14th Emir of Kano and former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Muhammad Sanusi II, have volunteered to mobilise Nigerians and non-Nigerians alike to raise a seed fund of N10 billion for the development of impactful homegrown medical research outputs in the country.
The duo made the commitment on Tuesday in Lagos at a public presentation of the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) Foundation.
They said they are worried by the funding challenge facing researchers’ efforts to develop homegrown impactful research works that will primarily affect health challenges that are peculiar to Africans including non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, and neglected tropical diseases.
While Fashola serves as the chairman of the governing board of the foundation, Sanusi is a trustee alongside two renowned medical scholars- Oye Gureje and Emmanuel Idigbe. On the board of trustees is also a veteran broadcaster, Moji Makanjuola.