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Expert wants women participation in science for future health emergencies

Prof. Prosper Okafor, President of Crusade for Greater Nigeria has urged women to participate more in science for the future.

By Ikenna Osuoha

Prof. Prosper Okafor, an Engineer and President of Crusade for Greater Nigeria (CGN), on Thursday, urged women and girls to participate more in science to help manage future health emergencies.

He made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday in commemoration of the International Day for Women and Girls in Science.

NAN reports that Feb. 11 is a day set aside by the UN to annually celebrate and recognise the critical role women and girls play in science and technology.

The day has “Women Scientists at the Forefront of the Fight Against COVID-19” as its theme for 2021.

Okafor said that women in science were trail blazers, intelligent and compassionate, with the capability to excel in medicine or medicare.

He added that “with our women in science, I mean more of them, we can go home and sleep because it is a great advantage to the country.

“Women are endowed with such an awesome skill of caring for people; it is a huge potential for Nigeria if more women study medical sciences, especially during health emergencies.”

The engineer, who reaffirmed his belief in the capability of women to lead productive and innovative scientific Nigeria, stressed that “women are very intelligent and determined, making them best virologists or immunologists in event of global pandemics.”

He then called for a national policy to promote women participation in science, citing that “in my house, I have four children, two boys and two girls, one of my daughters is in science, and she is doing wonderfully well.”

He expressed delight in the potential of Nigerian women and girls to reposition the country’s science and technological terrain. (NAN)