The Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun state, has hinted that the institution was making serious efforts towards providing a lasting solution to the lassa fever scourge.
The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Debo Adeyewa, gave the hint during the 13th matriculation ceremony of the university, on Friday.
The university VC, during the matriculation of 550 students including the Post Graduate students and the fourth set of scholarship awarded to the indigenes of its host community, Ede, frowned at what he described as neglect by the federal government.
He said with millions of naira, the university is spending on infectious diseases as part of its efforts to solve national problems, the federal government has not given any support to encourage them.
“We are the only university that has been addressing the issues scientifically. We have done research on Lassa fever. We are behind the screen providing solutions to Lassa fever.
However, Adeyewa called for more collaboration, saying the university has been using its money to solve public problems.
“Our centre of excellence is currently supporting the containment of the nationwide Lassa fever scourge being managed at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Edo state.
“As a foremost institution known for excellence, Redeemer’s University hosts the World Bank supported African Centre of Excellence for the Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID) engaged in cutting-edge research which has provided much needed panacea to the outbreak of such hemorrhagic fevers as Ebola Virus Disease, Lassa Fever and Monkey Pox, among others both locally and internationally.
He urged the students to be of good conduct as the matriculation confers on them, full membership of the university.
Advising the students to make use of the university’s library to enrich their knowledge, Adeyewa assured that the library has been equipped to enable the students excel academically.
“I admonish you to be focus, diligent and law abiding. Throughout your stay at Redeemer’s University, always remember that dreams do not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.
“Accordingly, you are encouraged to ensure that you attend lectures regularly, and make use of library facilities to enrich and deepen your knowledge in your chosen feel of study.
Speaking with Journalists after the matriculation, the Director, World bank funded African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, Professor Christian Happi, said that the university has the necessary equipment that can be used to carry out research for the containment of Lassa fever.
He expressed dissatisfaction with the attitude of the federal government which he said has not been supporting the university.