Cancer cure on the way, World bank researchers say

Temitope Mustapha, Abuja

The Pan African Material Institute ,P.A.M.I, one of the World Bank African Centers Excellence in Nigeria, says it is on the path to discovering the cure for Cancer.

The Institute Co- Leader, Dr Shola Odusanya made this known in Abuja during a workshop held on the overview of the Pan African Material Institute and its activities.

Dr Odusanya stated that the institute was at the preliminary stage of its research into the production of drugs for the cure of cancer.

“P.A.M.I has carried out research that detects what triggers cancer; we have also done tests revealing laboratory findings. We have discovered that an indigenous drug is as effective as the drugs applied for cancer treatment in other countries of the world,” Dr Odusanya said.

According to him, “PAMI is on the path of discovering cure for cancer.”

Also speaking, Center Leader,Dr Omololu Akin- Ojo, announced that the sum of $1.6m had been spent on the institute’s projects since its inception in 2015.

The Center also received a reward of $2.2m for the Institute’s performance.

“So far, the sum of 2.2 million dollars has been received from the World Bank for P.A.M.I. We have also spent 1.6 million dollars on the P.A.M.I projects since 2015, “Dr Akin Ojo said.

He added that the Institute had trained more than 30 Ph.D students and it is still training students in special fields.

“The institute has conducted short term courses for over 400 students in Masters; we focus on materials for health. This is related to development of drugs that can work against cancer and also detect the disease at the early stage and we are using Nano particles,”D r Akin- Ojo explained.

“P.A.M.I is also working on Energy physics, multi functional materials also specifically in water purification ; our institute is working on producing low cost ceramic water filters.We believe it will provide clean potable water for people in the rural areas,” he added.

On low admission strength for students in the institute and African University of Science and Technology, Dr Akin Ojo said only students who graduated with first class and second class upper in West Africa and the continent as a whole, are expected to apply for admissions and if they do, the school will still interview them .

The Pan African Material Institute is one of the 10 World Bank sponsored African Centers of Excellence, which specialises in training Ph.D students, carrying out research and engaging in outreach.