MTN Nigeria, through its foundation, has donated oligo-synthesizer equipment to the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research as part of its continued assistance for the national pandemic response (NIMR).
The equipment will aid in the creation of primers for the fabrication of COVID-19 and other disease diagnostic kits in the United States.
On August 13, 2021, a handover and commissioning ceremony was held in the NIMR auditorium, with dignitaries and health sector specialists in attendance, including Minister of State for Health Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora. Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, Chairman, MTN Foundation; Prof. Babatunde Lawal Salako, Director-General, NIMR; Odunayo Sanya, Executive Secretary, MTN Foundation, among other stakeholders in Nigeria’s health sector.
“Our gathering is a tribute to our desire not to be left behind in the worldwide resolve to address the problem at hand that is COVID-19, the minister of state for health stated at the occasion. It’s a struggle that can be won by working together.”
‘’NIMR has surpassed our expectations as the foremost medical research facilities in Africa and appreciate MTN Nigeria for this donation”.
Speaking about the initiative, the chairman, MTN Foundation, Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi said, “Working with public and private sector partners to provide solutions that alleviate some of our society’s biggest problems and create lasting change in communities across the country is at the heart of what we do. As we celebrate 20 years of operations in Nigeria, we are further motivated to implement projects of maximum impact in our communities’’.