The Senate President, David Mark, on Thursday said medical research remained critical to national development because it ensured a healthy citizenry, which the county needed for economic prosperity. The senate president therefore assured members of the public that the National Assembly would continue to make adequate budgetary allocation to research institutes in the country to enable them to perform creditably. He said that only planned, deliberate and sustained efforts in research and technology could rescue the nation from economic downturn.

Mark challenged research institutes and tertiary institutions in the country to rise up to the occasion by working out a blueprint that would get the nation’s economy out of the woods. A statement by Mark’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Paul Mumeh, explained that the senate president stated this while receiving the 2014 Champion of Medical Research in Nigeria Honours award from the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research in Abuja.

Mark, according to the statement, said that no nation desirous of development could afford to undermine research as a key component of development.

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