Minister urges agencies to commercialise research findings

Hadiza Ndadama, Abuja

Nigeria's Minister of Science and Technology, Dr.  Ogbonnaya Onu

Nigeria’s Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has called on all agencies under the Ministry to collectively identify research findings in all sectors of the development chain that can be commercialized.

The Minister made the call in Abuja, at a meeting with Directors-General of Parastatals under the Ministry aimed at identifying the Ministry’s responsibilities toward achieving the goal of the Executive Order.

According to Dr. Onu, the Order will drive Nigeria to a new dawn, a journey that should have started 58 years ago when Nigeria gained her independence.

He reaffirmed the economic and social impact the Executive Order would make to Nigeria if fully implemented.

“Indeed it is an important step toward moving Nigeria away from being a mere consumer country to an important producer nation. The order when implemented will help our beloved country reduce capital flight, enhance local capacity, strengthen local manpower development, encourage indigenous technology capacity, enhance national self-reliance and restore national pride,” he said.

Dr Onu urged the Directors-General to stand up to the responsibility entrusted upon them in the Ministry in actualizing the goals of the executive Order.

“It is in this regard that I intend to involve all the seventeen parastatals under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology in a collective effort to help identify research findings in all sectors of the development chain that will help to sensitize Nigerians on the importance of being competitive in order to enhance efficiency and better service delivery for the good of all.”

The Minister gave the assurance that intense enlightenment campaigns on the Executive order will be carried out to explain to Nigerians what it seeks to achieve and also involve all stakeholders in the process to build greater synergy that will ease and enhance its implementation.

It will be recalled that on the 2nd of February, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Presidential executive order 5 for planning and execution of projects, promotion of Nigerian content in contracts and science, engineering and technology.