Federal Government has assured that it would deploy nuclear technology in combating the scourge of malaria in the country and Africa in general.
Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, disclosed this when the Ambassador of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Mr. Jon Tong Choi paid him a courtesy call in his office in Abuja.
To this end, Onu stressed that collaboration between Nigeria and North Korea in nuclear technology will sterilise the reproductive ability of anopheles’ mosquitoes 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 in Africa.
He pledged that Nigeria will take the lead in the eradication of malaria menace on the continent.
He pointed out that malaria has a debilitating effect on the economy, as it contributes to the reduction of the population of the workforce.
Earlier, the Ambassador of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Mr. Jon Tong Choi, said that North Korea would be willing to partner with Nigeria in developing science and technology through the exchange of researchers from research institutes of both countries.
Mr. Choi noted that science and technology is an important asset of any country that aspires to develop, adding that science and technology is the foundation of economic development.