FG de­clares emer­gency state in sci­ence and tech

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

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.

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