FG set to commence local production of Vaccines
Ministry of Science and Technology set to commercialize therapeutic food to combat malnutrition
As part of its contribution to tackle the issue of malnutrition prevalent in the North East part of the country, the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology through its agency the Federal Institute of Industrial Research (FIIRO), Oshodi is ready to utilize therapeutic foods produced by FIIRO to combat this long-standing menace were ever it occurs in the country.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu disclosed this when the President of African University of Science and Technology Prof. Kingston Nyamapfeene paid a courtesy call on him in Abuja today.
The Minister said that the ministry is trying to get intellectual property for the commercialization of the research findings by FIIRO as one of the major intervention programmes of the ministry for the management of malnutrition which will also be exported too other countries . The therapeutic food by FIIRO all came out from local food materials available in Nigeria.
Dr Onu stressed that the ministry is concern with the development in the North East and is charting a new course by bringing technology into agriculture “because we are working very hard to move the country from resource based to knowledge based” he said.
He said that the ministry is also in the process of giving grant to Nigerian Academy of Science and National Academy of Engineering for the publications of their journals saying “this would provide the platform for the Publication of post graduate papers by the university students”.
The minister pledged to partner with the University because “walking with them will help Nigerians and will also strengthen the existing relationship between the ministry and universities.
Earlier, the president of the University, Kingston Nyamapfeene stated that the university, which was a World Bank project to promote Science and technology in Africa, has generated human capital for the continent.
He said that students are carefully selected from 26 African countries for Post Graduate programmes in Science and Engineering only. ”we hope to explore the possibility of supporting the work of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology through collaboration and interaction” he noted
The African University and Science and Technology was an in initiative of two great African leaders Nelson Mandela and Ibrahim Babangida who jointly prevailed on the World Bank to make investment in Higher education in Africa to promote science and technology .
It was set up as a Pan-African Unity to bring students from Sub-Saharan Africa together for the purpose of leaning and embracing knowledge.
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FG Joins International Energy Chapter to boost energy supply
As part of its determination to create the enabling platform for industrialization by making energy resources available in the country the Federal Government is considering the possibility of signing a treaty to become a member of the International Energy Chapter.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu stated this when the representative of the International Energy Charter Dr. Monica Emmanuel paid a courtesy call on him in his office today.
The Minister said that signing into membership of the International Energy Charter in Brussels will give Nigeria the opportunity to share information, build capacity, research and skills development with no obligation.
Earlier the Representative of the International Energy Charter, Brussels, Dr. Monica Emmanuel said that the membership will attract many international players in the energy industry to Nigeria.
According to the Dr. Emmanuel, “Nigerian is not yet tapping into half of the potential it carries, Nigeria is a very big country with enormous resources the Energy Charter will create the platform for international organizations and for member countries to collaborate and share information that can be beneficially to each country”.
The International Energy Charter Representative stated that “for Nigeria to attract investors you must ensure that your policies and programme is conducive and also aligned with the international standard, Nigeria is a very big country with enormous resources and one of the big players in international Energy sector”.
“We want to attract much more that can move Nigeria to the level it supposed to be. We need to align our policies to make our countries become more attractive and beneficial to investors because it has to be a win situation and not win lose situation. Dr. Emmanuel noted.