Cuba Consortium Signs Agreement To Establish vaccines manufacturing plant in Bayelsa

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Caption: Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State (Centre) flanked by First Vice President, BioCubaFarma, Dr. Mayda Mauri Perez (1st left) and Ambassador Benaoyagha Okoyen, Nigerian Ambassador to Cuba (right) shortly after signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Bayelsa State Government and BioCubaFarma in Havana, Cuba for the establishment of a vaccine and pharmaceutical production plant in Bayelsa State.

Bayelsa State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with BioCubaFarma Consortium of the Republic of Cuba for the establishment of vaccines and pharmaceuticals production plant in the State.

This is a fall-out of a 3-day investment visit to Cuba led by Senator Douye Diri, Governor of Bayelsa State.

At the ceremony in Havana, Cuban capital, Commissioner for Health in Bayelsa State, Dr. Pabara Newton Igwele and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investments, Barr. Patience Ranami Abah, signed for the government while the First Vice President of BioCubaFarma, Dr. Mayda Mauri Pérez signed for the Consortium.

A statement by the Director, New Media to the Bayelsa State Governor, Dr. Kola Oredipe, indicates that the partnership is in furtherance to an earlier bilateral agreement signed between the Nigerian Government and that of Cuba on scientific cooperation, technology transfer, academic collaboration and the co-production of vaccines and other pharmacological products in the country.

Caption: (From Left) Vice Chancellor, Bayelsa Medical University, Professor Ebitimitula Etebu, Bayelsa State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Pabara Newton Igwele, First Vice President, BioCubaFarma, Dr. Mayda Mauri Perez, Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State (3rd from right), Ambassador Benaoyagha Okoyen, Nigerian Ambassador to Cuba and Permanent Secretary, Bayelsa State Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investments, Barr. Patience Ranami Abah, shortly after signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Bayelsa State Government and BioCubaFarma in Havana, Cuba for the establishment of a vaccine and pharmaceutical production plant in Bayelsa State.

The Republic of Cuba has lately joined the league of nations that have gained international recognition for its medical breakthroughs and advancements.

At the signing ceremony witnessed by Governor Douye Diri, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Igwele, said the partnership deal marked a milestone in the quest of the government to attract investments into the State.

“This is a good development for us in Bayelsa State. The vaccines and other pharmaceutical products are in high demand in Nigeria and beyond. With the centre here, Bayelsa can serve other states and nations in the West African sub-region. In the next few months, the technical teams from both sides will work out further details of the agreement with the technical teams from both end”, he stated.

The Health Commissioner said the vaccines and pharmaceuticals production centre would provide job opportunities, build expertise of young Bayelsans and also ensure technology transfer for sustainability of the plant.

Also, as part of the visit, the Bayelsa State delegation met with Deputy Governor of Havana Province, Cuba, Mrs. Yanet Hernandez Parez and Vice Minister for Trade, Matanzas Province, Cuba, Ms. Deborah Rivas Saavedra to explore other business opportunities for the State including discussion on sugar production, renewable energy, ICT and exchange programmes for students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Others who joined the governor for the various meetings and witnessed the signing ceremony include Ambassador Benaoyagha Okoyen, the Nigerian Ambassador to Cuba, Hon. (Dr.) Fred Agbedi, member representing Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency, Professor Ebitimitula Etebu, Vice Chancellor, Bayelsa Medical University, Yenagoa and Major Lancelot Anyanya (Rtd.).

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