The Nigerian government is to partner with North Korea on nuclear technology to combat the scourge of malaria in the country and Africa in general.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, disclosed this when the Ambassador of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Mr. Jon Tong Choi paid him a courtesy call in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Dr. Onu stressed that the collaboration between Nigeria and North Korea in nuclear technology will sterilise the reproductive ability of anopheles’ Mosquitos which is the vector carrier of the disease.
According to the Minister, nuclear technology will be deployed to control the birth of anopheles’ mosquitoes, adding that malaria is the number one cause of death among Africans.
Nigeria will take the lead in the eradication of malaria menace on the continent he said.
Dr. Onu said Malaria has a debilitating effect on the economy by reducing productivity of the workforce.
Earlier, the Ambassador of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Mr. Jon Tong Choi said that North Korea would be partnering with Nigeria in developing Science and Technology through exchange of researchers from Research Institutes of both countries for economic development.
Source: Voice of Nigeria