MINISTER of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonaya Onu, has assured herbal medicine practitioners in Nigeria of the ministry’s support to ensure efficient utilization of herbs and plant to boost the nation’s economy.
He stated this in his office in Abuja during the presentation of Clear Eye Vision Eye Drop invented by a consultant herbalist, Dr Isongon Kizito Ikor, from Calabar, Cross River State.
Onu stressed the importance of plants and herbs which he said could not be overestimated, saying with the abundance of roots and herbs in every part of Nigeria which is a secret yet unknown to Nigerians, they could help find solutions to the various health challenges the people are facing in the country.
The minister cited countries like China, India and others which have efficiently harnessed their herbs and plants to diversify their economy and create wealth.
He maintained that Nigeria too could diversify her economy and create wealth for her teeming youths by investing in herbal medicine.
According to him, the ministry is encouraging herbal practitioners through one of its agency: Nigerian Natural Medicine Development Agency, which is creating enabling environment for the herbal medicine business to strive.
He, therefore, noted that the ministry would collaborate with the Ministry of Health to ensure full investigation into the product to ensure its safety.
Earlier in his presentation, the inventor of the eye drop, disclosed that in addition to the eye drop, he had also discovered medicine for the treatment of breast cancer, prostrate and colon cancers, hypertension and stroke.
He further disclosed that his medicines are made from the sap of trees sourced and produced in Nigeria with zero preservatives and without expiring dates.