As part of the commitment of the present administration to ensure that Nigeria produce what it needs in the country, the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology is partnering the Ministry of Defence Utilizing the platform of Science and technology to meet natural needs especially in security matters and bridge the technology gaps noticeable in country.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu stated this at the inauguration of the Technical Committee to work out modalities for the cooperation between the two ministries today in Abuja.
The mandates of the Committee is to close up technology gaps, develop capacity for the production of security needs in the country and promote science and technology in the security system for the overall benefit of the nation .
The Minister stated that the committee would also create a platform for Nigeria to export goods and services to other countries. “It will look at the problems using the tools of science and technology and create jobs, fight poverty and develop the economy”.
The Minister of Defence Brig-Gen Mansur Dan Ali (Rtd) noted that the Military has recorded more than 85% in the fight against insurgency. He said that they are working assiduously to ensure that Defence Industry Corporation DICON, which has not produce anything tangible for the past 30 years, is to be replaced by military Industrial Complex that has short, medium and long term strategies of 5, 10 and 15 years duration. At the end of the period, it is expected that most needs of the nation will be met with the possibility of exporting to other nations.
Chief Press Secretary to the Hon. Minister
17th May, 2017