Stakeholders have been advised to collabo-rate and review administrative processes and the approach leading to identification of plants and quality scientific research.
It is also in their best interest to observe the development and approval of remedies and drug production from Nigerian herbs and plants.
The call was made by Emeritus Prof. Joseph Okogun of the Department of Chemistry, University of Ibadan, at a public lecture which was part of activities to mark his 80th birthday.
The lecture was titled Active, Bitter and Sweet – A Lifetime of Research on Plants, Anti-Cancer Remedies and Drug Discovery.
In it, Okogun described plants as unrivalled organic chemical factories producing useful chemicals that man exploits for various purposes.
He also spoke on a variety of active ingredients discovered from leaves and fruits, as found in Nigeria and West Africa in general
“There are organic and natural remedies for the management of various diseases including cancer and HIV/AIDS using several decades of data from scientific research on plants by Bevekt Gedu. Out of Bevekt Gedu’s work a pure compound was obtained from a Nigerian plant, which has been adopted and about to be finalised for drug development as a blockbuster drug by IMI of USA.
“This is an indication that opportunities for long-lasting and sustainable investments are abundant locally,” he said.
The event was chaired by Engr. Adama Okoene, a former MD Midwestern Oil.
It was attended by healthcare professionals, academics and others from public and private sectors.