The minister of Science and Technology Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has challenged research agencies of the Country to make their findings meet the needs of the nation.
Dr. Onu gave the charge at the presentation of patent certificates to the beneficiaries of National Office for Technology Acquisition Promotion (NOTAP) patent assistance programme on Monday in Abuja.
“Research findings must be converted into products and services that Nigerian people can use”, he added.
According to the minister, “if properly harnessed, research efforts will go a long way in mitigating unemployment as well as reduce poverty”.
Dr. Onu commended NOTAP for its progress in increasing patent certificates from a mere 5 in 2015 to over 100 in 2018.
Intellectual property, he added, is a vital tool and economic asset needed to invigorate the economy to make it globally competitive.
Dr. Onu said intellectual property rights being promoted by NOTAP will encourage investment, innovative and inventive activities as well as technology transfer and acquisition.
“Through an effective management of intellectual property rights system, new technologies are generated, new industries and applications are developed while wealth and employment are generated”, he added.
“All over the world, you assess the contribution of a society by how many patents it produces”, Dr. Onu added.
Head of Press and Public Relations Unit
Federal Ministry of Science and Technology
DECEMBER 10 2018.