A Memorandum of Understanding that will ensure effective collaboration in carrying out series of researches on the Osun Osogbo grove has been signed.
The collaboration is between the National Commission for Museum and Monument (NCMM) and the Fountain University, Osogbo, Osun State
The MoU, which was signed at the grove, will enable the university to conduct researches to establish some of the medicinal benefits derivable from certain plants and organisms that have been preserved for ages in the sacred grove.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Basiru Raji confirmed this while addressing journalists at the event.
“The MoU will enable researchers from the university to unravel certain hidden treasures in the grove for the beneficial of indigenes of Osogbo, the people of Osun and the world at large.
“A researcher from the University, Dr Afolabi Balogun Nusrah has started working on certain discoveries she made in the Osun Osogbo water, as well as some plants in the grove, he said.
He maintained that the discoveries would contribute to health care delivery when fully developed.
Professor Raji noted that although, Fountain University is a faith based institution, the quest for knowledge and research has compelled researchers to pay attention to Osun Osogbo grove.
He pledged that the institution will fully explore the grove and come out with good findings that will benefit humanity.
Also speaking, the Curator of Osogbo Museum, Mr Olakunle Williams said the NCMM would encourage any activity that would be in the best interest of the people of Osogbo and benefit the humanity as a whole.
He commended the authority of the Fountain University for allowing its researchers to work on the Osun grove which some other religious individuals may consider idolatry, fetish and ignore.
“Dr Afolabi Balogun Nusrah facilitated the MoU as a result of her findings in the Osun Osogbo grove which required solidified arrangement for them to be properly accessed”, he explained.
The researcher, Dr Balogun Nusrah who was visibly happy with the development stated that her research centred on exploration of the conservative organisms in the grove.
She said scientific researches would be carried out on her discoveries which include plants and leaves as well as the Osun Osogbo water, with the intent to develop them for health benefits.