In line with their roles as centres of research and innovations, higher educational institutions in Kwara state have responded in varying forms rendering assistance to the state government in order to flatten the curve of COVID-19 pandemic in the state. The state has a high concentration of public and private universities as well as polytechnics as against other states in the country.
The Guardian investigations showed that many of these institutions have either fabricated handwashing machines, commenced research works into finding solutions to the pandemic or donated funds to the treasury of the state’s technical committee on the pandemic. The University of Ilorin had promised prompt production of a vaccine for the treatment of coronavirus.
The institution said a team of medical experts and scientists led by a Professor of medical virology, Prof. Mathew Kolawole is working on the project. Already, It stated that the research team had developed three viable proposals for research on various aspects of the contagious disease. Kolawole, who is the director of the university’s institute of molecular science and biotechnology (IMSB), assured that his team of researchers had prepared proposals for the development of vaccines.