FG declares emergency state in science and tech
The Federal Executive Council yesterday accepted to declare a state of emergency on Science and Technology.
Science and Technology Minister Ogbonnaya Onu told State House reporters after the FEC meeting that this was because the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan recognised the cardinal place of science and technology in driving the economy.
The minister said that the council approved a policy to encourage technological advancement with a view to helping Nigerian firms produce the country’s needs.
“We are not looking for transfer of technology because we know it would not happen; what we are looking for is acquisition of technology and we are interested in building our own capacity.
“We are convinced that we can do this and we believe that with the new policy we will be in a position to acquire technology,’’ the minister said.
Onu said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would help the country to improve its free visa status ranking from the present 92 position which he described as very low as it allowed Nigerians to enter only 45 countries on free visa.