Barr Onofiok Luke (right) presenting a cheque of N5million to Dean Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Uyo, Dr Emmanuel Etim, to support research for cure of COVID-19.

The University of Uyo Alumni Association has donated N5million in research grant to the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Akwa Ibom state c council and the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Uyo.

The donation is to support research into finding a cure for the novel Coronavirus ravaging the world.

President of the alumni association, Barr Onofiok Luke, made the donation on behalf of the association.

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Luke said universities around the world are sharing research findings to bring an end to Coronavirus, and there is need for the University of Uyo to research the virus.

He expressed optimism that in the true cure for pandemic could be found in Akwa Ibom state.

“Our researchers and research institutions need to rise to the occasion in challenging this pandemic that threatens our collective existence.”

“Let us not think that the cure to Coronavirus will come or can only come from abroad, it may be right here with us in Akwa Ibom and it is in your hands to bring it forth” he said.

Luke urged the society to ensure appropriate use of the funds.

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Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, Dr Emmanuel Etim, who received the donation on behalf of the society thanked the alumni for the thoughtful initiative.

Etim applauded the alumni association for its strong support for scientific work, pledged that the funds will be used judiciously.

Chairman, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Akwa Ibom state, Pharmacist Akwaowoh Akpabio, also thanked the alumni association for the donation.