The 2021 Science, Technology and Innovation EXPO, will help showcase and develop ideas, inventions and innovations, that will transform Nigeria’s economy to knowledge and innovation-driven one.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu made this known, when he and the Minister of State, Mohammed H. Abdullahi with Permanent Secretary Mr Sunday Akpan other Management staff of the Ministry, carried out a facility tour of the EXPO venue, over the weekend.
Dr. Onu explained that the essence of the expo, is to explore more ways to commercialize research done by investors and innovators. He added, that more wealth and revenue will be available to the nation when research ideas have been converted into products and services.
He said; “ The best way to fight poverty, is through commercializing Research and Design into products and services needed by the general population and creating more wealth”.
On self-reliance, Dr. Onu said the development of SME’s (Small and Medium Scale Entrepreneurs) will promote the drive for socio-economic self-reliance. He further stated that the EXPO is geared towards the promotion of SME’s in Nigeria.
The minister, added that the EXPO will afford an opportunity for investors, innovators, inventors, members of the Organized Private Sector and relevant stakeholders to share ideas, thereby creating more businesses, wealth and increased revenue for the government.
Dr. Onu expressed with much confidence, that this year’s EXPO will surpass all previous editions in terms of innovations, organisation, increased number of registered participants and many relevant areas.
While inspecting the facility, the Minister expressed optimism and confidence in the level of work done and certified the readiness of the venue to host the EXPO.
Dr. Onu, said that all Covid-19 protocols have been put in place by the organisers, to ensure minimal risk of infections amongst participants and stakeholders.
The EXPO will take place from Monday 15th March to Friday 19th March 2021.
Josephine E. Ademu
Head (Press and PR)