The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology is determined to move Nigeria in the direction of maximising and exploring her human and capital resources towards sustainable economic development.
The Honourable Minister Science and Technology Dr Ogbonnaya Onu made this disclosure when the Executive Body of Nigerians in Diaspora from Americas, Europe & Africa led by Dr Prince Yomi Omegbehin Director / Clerk Senate paid him a courtesy call in his office in Abuja.
According to the Minister, in order for Nigeria to take the lead in the comity of nations, the need to redirect the economy in areas of research and innovations is imperative.
He said that the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology with 17 agencies under her purview is strengthening research findings in universities, Polytechnics and research institutes in order to make our research become market driven for a vibrant commercialization synergy between the innovators and the investors.
Dr Onu further stated that with the recent commercialization drive by the ministry, Nigeria would achieve more in the area of providing jobs, creating wealth and fighting poverty.
The Minister also said that it is expected that if science and technology is utilised to help build entrepreneurial skills, crime rates in Nigeria will greatly reduce and there will be knowledge transfer chain within family members and friends.
He informed the delegation that the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology have come up with a road map 2017 – 2030 to give many opportunities to have a short-term, medium –term and long-term impact.
Moreover the road map according to him, will promote competiveness in product manufacturing in Nigeria that will promote savings of about 3.6 trillion naira when we harness our raw materials effectively.
He called on Nigerians in the Diaspora to think home in order for Nigerians to experience knowledge transfer and make important contribution to human civilization.
In his opening remarks the Engineer Professor E. C. Ejiogu , a representative of the President of Nigerians In Diaspora Organization ( NIDO ) world- wide , briefed the minister that the delegation is canvassing for collaboration in research works and manpower development .
He further stated that NIDO is formally requesting for a Memoranda of Understanding (Mou) to know areas they can collaborate with the vision and policies of the ministry in terms of driving the economy.
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