As mass unemployment and harsh economy continued to ravage the country’s youths, young virile Nigerian men have now turned to the new lucrative business of sperm donation to make quick money.
Investigation by National Mirror reveals that many young Nigerian men are now smiling to the banks simply by donating their sperm to In Vitro Fertilisation, IVF, centres in Lagos and other major cities across the country.
According to investigation, a donor realised as much as N325, 000 per month to assist couples who are desperately in need of children.
Investigation revealed that a prospective donor walks into an IVF centre where he is screened and if found suitable for the purpose he is made to donate.
The source added that depending on the bargain, a donor may get between N10,000 and N25,000 per visit until he is able to fill 13 vials which could fetch him between N130,000 to N325,000 in a process that is said to be painless.
A visit to two of the IVF centres, the Bridge Clinic and the Medical Assisted Reproduction Technology, MART, clinic in Lagos revealed that sperm donors are paid different rates, depending on their qualifications and other considerations such as profession, physical features, and family background among others.
“You cannot expect someone that attended Harvard to be paid the same amount as the person that attended a Nigerian university or even an undergraduate,” Prof. Oladapo Ashiru, Medical Director of MART Clinic told National Mirror.
A human embryologist at Bridge Clinic, Dayo Yussuf told National Mirror that donors’ sperm are used exclusively for couples where the man’s ejaculation contains no sperm.
Information from National Mirror newspaper was used in this report.