Ned Nwoko, nigerian Billionaire and philanthropist, said when he spoke to reporters Sunday night at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on his arrival to Nigeria from an expedition to Antarctica that he had concluded arrangements with pilots he contracted to fumigate Nigeria on Malaria eradication.
Mr Nwoko said also that he has equally had discussion with scientists that will research on malaria with a view to developing vaccines that will arrest the scourge in the African continent.
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With team from Russia, India, China, USA and Britain
Also, Mr Nwoko said he was accompanied by a team of scientists from Russia, India, China, the United States of America and Britain to Antarctica, an that the trip was aimed at eradicating malaria the African continent as a whole not only from Nigeria.
Mr Nwoko said: “Antarctica is a continent about the same size as Africa. I was there first to create awareness on the eradication of malaria which is a big problem in Nigeria and other parts of Africa.
“While in Antarctica, I had meetings with some scientists because this project involes two solutions; we must clean up Nigeria, we must fumigate Nigeria, we must look at all the sanitation that has to be done to clean up Nigeria.
Vaccine research on 5 African universities
“The second which is the most Important one is the research that i believe should be conducted in about five universities across the continent for the single purpose of trying to discover a vaccine for malaria.
“There is no reason why we shouldn’t have a vaccine for malaria when we have vaccines for other ailments from polio to typhoid and all others.
“Malaria is the biggest killer and time has come to address it. Everybody, all the governments from local government, state governments and federal government must join hands together to make sure that we find a solution. We must stop it.
“As soon as my team is able to put together whatever that will need to do but the research should begin by next month, by February.
“Apart from the scientists, I met with pilots who will carry out the fumigation, it’s a very serious project.
“You may think that Nigeria is such a huge place that nobody can possibly think of fumigation of a whole country but it will be done.
“They have done it in Malaysia, Florida and it will be done here in Nigeria.”
Hoisting Nigerian flag
While in Antarctic, Nwoko hoisted the Nigerian flag as the 13th country to make its presence felt in Antarctica. Antarctica is a destination for science and research,
He urged the Nigerian government to take appropriate steps to become a signatory to the Antarctic Treaty which was signed by 12 research active countries on December 1, 1959 in Washington.
Furthermore, “Nigeria must take steps to become a member signatory to that treaty. when that is done we can begin to consider the possibility of having a station there with our own scientists doing all that is required to do.
“When you are in the cold you think very well. Antarctica is life in a freezer, other countries are there researching for tomorrow; you have the Indians, south Africans, Americans, British, Chinese, Germans, etc.
“But Nigeria, being the giant of Africa , we must put our house together and take our position there