This was following the interest the Federal Government took in the cure produced by Madagascar.
Yesterday, Buhari directed that the Madagascar’s COVID-19 cure, which was sent to Nigeria be picked up.
Iwu, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Bioresources Development Group, therefore called on the government to show interested in the drug.
He spoke during a conference in Lagos via Zoom with the title: “Covid-19 and the proposed Vaccination Bill: Implications for Nigeria,”.
According to Iwu said funds raised from private sector could be deployed in ensuring locally produced antidotes for COVID-19.
He further urged the National Assembly to call for public hearing on the issue.
According to Iwu, lawmakers should direct concerned agencies to validate the drug.
He said: ”Government needs to show interest in our drug, the money raised by private sectors can be deployed, it does not need to come to Prof. Iwu, it is information, the product is ours, but the information is already outside.
“There must be interest on the part of government that they want to test the drug, once the government shows interest, every other thing will fall in place.”
Iwu had led a group of researchers that discovered a possible plant-based patented treatment for COVID-19.
The drug was recently presented to the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu.