WHY I WENT TO ANTARCTICA — HON PRINCE (DR) NED NWOKO.
By Frank Iroroh
The champion of malaria eradication in Africa and the Antarctica explorer, Hon Prince (Dr) Ned Nwoko has revealed in details the reasons behind his expedition to the White desert, the remotest part of the globe.
The President of Ned Nwoko Foundation made the revelations during the acceptance speech he delivered after been presented with DISTINGUISH SERVICE AWARD by Delta State University, Abraka, Delta State, on Saturday October 3rd. The award according to the university, was presented to him in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments in life and his pioneering efforts towards the eradication of the scourge of malaria in Africa.
In the speech the Star Prince, Hon Prince (Dr) Ned Nwoko gave clear reasons why he had to undertook such a hazardous and risky expedition, his words, “Some persons have been asking, why I went to the Antarctica. I went there because I like advantures but most importantly I went to the Antarctica because of my work. Antarctica is 8 hours by air from Capetown, South Africa, that is equivalent to the distance from here to Dubai, it is pretty far. It is as big as the continent of Africa, it is a continent of its own. In Antarctica. The Temperature is between, -25° to -80°. It is as cold as the deep freezer. It contains the largest volume of freshwater in the world. It contains 80% of the world freshwater, there are no trees just sea of ice formed millions and millions of years ago.
The only specie of animal found in Antarctica is the Emperor Penguin. It is the harshest part of the globe. There are no houses, no shops no airport, no hospitals. It is a difficult terrain.
In fact they told us that people that went to Antarctica for the last four years, did not come back.
Before we set off from Capetown we were made to sign a disclaimer that if anything happen to us that we are on our own. I signed the undertaking because of my believe in what I was doing.
Something good is in Antarctica because of my work. There are twelve research stations in Antarctica run by America, Britain, France, Russia, China India and South African scientists.
It was through these scientists that we were able to make contact with the scientists who are helping us to research on our own vaccine.
It was there that we were able to get the contacts of those who are going to fumigate Nigeria.
So at Antarctica, we have made remarkable progress in our work.”
“We have also provided funds to some universities here, like Uniben for research on vaccines. I do not know why DELSU was left out.
But this is my university and as the saying goes, charity begins at home, so I will make funds available to the university for malaria vaccine research.” Hon Prince (Dr) Ned Nwoko assured the Vice Chancellor of Delsu
Recall that on 7th Jan Hon Prince ,(Dr) Ned Nwoko left South Africa for Antarctica where he spent serveral days interacting with researchers on ways to develop vaccine to tackle one of Africa’s most deadly endemic disease, the malaria parasite. He visited the South Pole and hoisted the Nigerian flag on the continent. Thus marking his presence as the first Nigerian to visit Antarctica.