- THE MALARIA ERADICATION PROJECT WE HAVE EMBARKED UPON WILL SUCCEED.
— HON PRINCE NED NWOKO.
By Iroroh Frank
The initiator of the international campaign for the eradication of the scourge of malaria in Africa, Hon Prince Ned Nwoko has assured that the malaria eradication project embarked upon by his Foundation will succeed. The billionaire philanthropic and Antarctica explorer gave the assurance in his acceptance speech after the Presentation of DISTINGUISH SERVICE AWARD to him by Delta State University, Abraka, on Saturday October 3rd. The award was presented to him in recognition of his remarkable accomplishments in life and his pioneering efforts towards the eradication of the scourge of malaria in Africa.
Part of Hon Prince Ned Nwoko’s acceptance speech reads, “I want to assure you that the malaria eradication project which we embarked upon will succeed. Some years back I began to think about it. I thought there were something missing. I thought there was a problem and that this is an African problem.”
“If you just mmlook at what is happening to covid-19 pandemic, you observed that it is largely problems outside the continent of Africa, we have managed to deal with it, but I do not know how we managed to avoid the level of infections we read about or see in UK, Spain and USA. I do not know how we managed to contain the virus, maybe Scientists will tell us more, but whatever it is if you listen to the views of the Western society, you will discover that their discussions centred on finding immediate solution, that solution is the discovery of vaccines.
Now ask yourself, why is it that for centuries, there have not been able to discover vaccines for malaria? Is it because Governments are not paying attention to scourge of malaria Or that we do not have Scientists to work on vaccine research or it simply mean that mosquito is part of us and there is no need to bother about it. For me, malaria is predominantly an African problem, so it requires an African solution.
So, I felt we have to look for the solutions and for me, there are two approaches in looking for the Solutions.
The first is to invest heavily in vaccine research. To be able to get this done, require alot of funding and I am happy to say that it is a cost I can bear as a person through my foundation.
But researching for vaccines is not the only solution. We all understand that mosquitoes breed faster in dirty environments.
So for me the second approach is to clean up Nigeria, we must cleanup Nigeria. This is not something that should be left for government alone whether Local, States or Federal government. We must all get involved, we need holistic approach. We all suffers From malaria. I suffer from malaria practically every other month and I know that virtually everyone of us suffers From malaria. It causes death.
According to world Health Organization (WHO), about 500,000 persons die of malaria annually. This is a lot bigger than covid-19. Like as I said, because it is an African problem the Europeans and the Americans are not paying attention to it as they are now paying attention to covid-19. So what we need to do is to put together holistic approach, we are working together with the Local governments, the state governments and the federal government. Their will be a time, maybe early next year where everybody will be call upon to clean up Nigeria. It will not be like the monthly exercise. This will be far reaching. It will require something close to the lockdown we experience few months ago. Everybody will be involved. The first thing that will be done is to clean all the gutters all the streets. We are not born into dirt. We do not have to live with dirt.
Everybody must be involved.”
What that mean for me and others is that we have to do something differently. Part of the proposal is that in every Local Government Area of the country, there will be a recycling plant. The recycling plants will help to manage wastes. So every households in the villages and cities must learn how to sort out wastes. Every household provided with six waste bins, each will colour coded for example green bin for papers, white for broken bottles and so on, they will be collected every week to the recycling plants where they Will be recycled for use. He stated’ ‘Hon Prince Ned Nwoko stated.