The Federal Government is to develop necessary technology to promote innovation and make research by its agencies to be industry –driven.

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu disclosed this when the President of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Engr. Mansur Ahmed paid him courtesy visit in his office on Monday 4th March, 2019, in Abuja.

Dr. Onu said henceforth research efforts by Ministry will be industry driven and targeted at national needs, adding that this was to enable Nigeria stop the importation of what it could produce internally.

Dr. Onu further said his Ministry has produced a leather policy that is expected to boost the leather industry and spearhead industrialization in the country.

The Minister also said that the BT cotton varirety recently developed by the Ministry’s Agency-National Biotechnology Development Agency will go a long way in resuscitating our moribund textile industry and rejuvenate our cotton Sector.

Through the Natural Strategy for Competitiveness in Raw Materials, the Minister added, the sum of N2.6 trillion would be saved for the country in the next five years.

Earlier, the President of MAN said the association wants a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with the Ministry for the purpose of improving and adding value to raw materials so as to boost industrialization.

According to the MAN President, the collaboration will help develop sub-sectors of the economy which have the potentials to end the importation of finished products and create jobs.

Engr. Ahmed Used the opportunity to invite the Honorable Minister to its forth coming 3-day Expo with the theme “Optimizing the value-chain in the manufacturing sector to achieve growth”, adding that MAN would create the platform   for mutual engagement of all stakeholders in the manufacturing sector.

AbdulGaniyu Aminu

Head ; Press and Public Relations

4th march, 2019