Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu.
The Federal Government will ensure that Nigeria becomes a leading economy through value addition to human capital development in the area of science and technology, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, has said.
Dr Onu said this when the Ambassador to Cuba, Carlos Trejo Sosa, paid him a courtesy call in his office in Abuja.
The minister told the Cuban envoy that part of the present administration’s strategic plan is to add value to human resources through research and training which catapult the country to the frontline of leading economies of the world.
He reiterated President Muhammadu Buhari’s determination in redirecting the economy from resource-based to knowledge-based, thereby getting Nigerians to become more productive on issues that will add value to the exploitation of the nation’s natural resources.
He said “The Nigerian government is strengthening existing cordial relationships with Cuba, especially at this time when efforts are being intensified to diversify the economy utilizing science and technology”.
Dr Onu stated that once the memoranda of understanding (Mou) between Cuba and Nigeria “ is completed, we will be able to acquire technology and innovation in key sectors of the economy which will enable us add value in revenue generation, provide job opportunities , create wealth and reduce poverty to the barest minimum in Nigeria.”
In his opening remarks, the Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria, Carlos Trejo Sosa said his country’s commitment in collaborating with the Nigerian government in sharing ideas in the area of science and technology particularly as it relates to research, medicine and pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.
He further stated that his country will be collaborating with Nigeria in the area of training and exchange with innovations through technology and education and create systems for them to share models with their counterparts in Cuba.