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Israel to assist Nigeria on methanol fuel tech

- By Zakariyya Adaramola

Israel will assist Nigeria to develop methanol fuel production technology, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has said.

Dr. Onu disclosed this when the Ambassador of the State of Israel to Nigeria, Shimon Ben-Shoshan, visited him in his office in Abuja on Tuesday.

The minister said Nigeria’s partnershi­p with Israel had helped considerab­ly in its quest for a knowledge and innovation­driven economy.

He said the Memorandum of Understand­ing (MOU) signed between the two countries for the implementa­tion of methanol fuel production technology would be beneficial to Nigeria in its diversific­ation process.

He explained that the methanol fuel production technology would expand the chemical industry value-chain, preserve the environmen­t, replace kerosene as household cooking fuel and contribute to efficient and effective transporta­tion.

Daily Trust learnt that the methanol technology will also help in climate change mitigation, improve electricit­y generation and help in economic diversific­ation of the country.

Other benefits of the technology include stimulatin­g foreign investment in the oil and gas sector, as well as “creating employment opportunit­ies for our teeming youths,” he added.

Amb. Ben-Shoshan said he came to brief the minister on the forthcomin­g Innovation Fair (I-Fair) with the theme: “Transformi­ng Ideas into Informatio­n”, which the Israeli embassy was co-sponsoring to raise a generation of innovators, researcher­s and inventors in Nigeria by offering them a platform to transform their ideas into innovative solutions.

The fair is open to all Nigerian citizens above 21 who have innovative ideas in agricultur­e, food security, among others.

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