IITA prepares to provide strategic support to governments during COVID-19 pandemic
IITA Director-General, Dr Nteranya Sanginga has said that the Institute is strategically working towards providing support for the federal and state governments in Nigeria as well as the other countries where IITA hubs are situated, during this trying time across the world. Sanginga said this at a meeting of staff and management to announce Institute-wide measures to curb the spread of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
At the meeting, the DG also announced the partial shutdown of the Institute with effect from 30 March. This is in accordance with the government’s directive for organizations to put in place mechanisms that will support efforts to tackle the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). IITA would be operating on a skeletal schedule with a few essential members of staff to ensure that ongoing research that is key to addressing food security in Africa is not affected.