Nigerian Ministry of Science and Technology is to be re-positioned in line with private public partnership so as to enhance commercialization of research results in the country.
Nigeria’s Minister of Science and technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, disclosed this while inaugurating the committees on Research and Developments and that of Public Private Partnership in Abuja, Nigeria.
Dr. Onu said that the committee are to strengthen the Public Private Partnership model in some the ministry’s programmes to re position the agencies under its mandates to effective carry out its statutorily charged responsibilities to the Nigerian government and also achieve the short, medium and long term objectives.
“ the overall intent of the new policy thrust was to ensure a knowledge- driven economy rather than one dependent on commodity” he added.
He further said that the Ministry will strive to ensure that all the promises made by the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, in his 2nd tenure would be fulfilled to the letter.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has made a number of promises to us, it is therefore left for us as a Ministry to make sure we achieve the mandate given to us” he said.
The Minister recalled that the Ministry’s achievement through the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion, (NOTAP) by protecting most research results by patent also stressing that the Ministry had recorded some positive results in commercialization, citing the
Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi’s high density biscuits commercialized by the National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO) group of companies.
Dr. Onu, disclosed that a leading pharmaceutical company will soon be marketing a special solution developed by research efforts of the Ministry for managing Sickle Cell Anemia in the country.
He further called on the committee members to work hard to achieve the mandate giving them.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Committee on Public Private Partnership, Dr. Peter Ekweazoh thanked the Minister for finding them worthy and promised that the committee will work hard to come up with recommendations that would be implemented to the latter.