PAULETTE ORJIME- Abuja
Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has said that the 2018 science, technology and innovation expo is aimed at stimulating technological inventions, innovations as well as research and development products for the purpose of commercialization, as part of its commitment.
He said this at a press briefing recently in Abuja, to sensitize the public about the event scheduled to hold from 5th -9thMarch, with the theme “Fast-tracking sustainable development of Nigeria through Science and Technology”
He said that “the expo is packaged to bring together researchers, inventors and innovators with the overall aim of bringing into focus the innovative capacity both in the research institutes, universities and industrial laboratories as well as in the informal sector of the economy”
According to him, theme of the expo “Science, Technology and Innovation for Nigeria’s Economic Diversification” was chosen to showcase the centrality of Science and Technology in industrialization. It underlined the importance of supporting local production towards “made-in –Nigeria” drive of the Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
He recalled that the 2017 expo exposed some inventions and innovations to Investors who assisted in commercializing some of the research products. “I am happy to inform you that one of our research products has been the high-density nutrient biscuits produced by NASCO Food Ltd, Jos and is now available in the open Nigerian market for the use of both adults and children”, he added.
Speaking further Onu said that “some inventions in the area of health care delivery have been taken over for commercialization by the giant pharmaceutical company, May and Baker. The finished product will be in the market in few months’ time. We expect many more to be commercialized before long”.
He stressed that the ministry will continue to support research and innovation so as to promote competitiveness, adding that without the contribution of research and innovation; Nigeria cannot develop indigenous technology to support our industrialization Participants, both in the public and private sectors he noted have been fully mobilized for the great event while all states, ministries, research institutes, universities, polytechnics, innovators, and researchers including the informal sector have all been invited for the momentous expo.
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