Establishment of Technology Innovation Centers to boost Nigerian made products globally – Minister

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The federal government has said that the establishment of Technology Innovation Centers across regions of the country will enhance Nigerian made products to compete with their counterparts across the world and enhance the policy of ‘Use what we produce.’

The minister of Science Technology and Innovation, Senator Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora stated this during the Northwest Dialogue on the Establishment and Implementation of the Technology and Innovation Centers for global competitiveness and productivity, held in Kano.

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Represented by Senior Special Assistant Technical to the minister, who Doubles as the Director Chemical Technology Department Mr. Mej Bassey said the objective of the Technology and Innovation Centers is to ensure that Nigerian products meet the global standards.

He said Technology and Innovation in the socio-economic development of Nigeria play a significant role in moving Nigeria from a research to a knowledge-based practical economy aimed at achieving the set objectives.

“It is the vision of Nigeria under the 2022 STI Policy to have a large, strong, diversified, sustainable, and competitive economy that effectively harnesses the talents and energies of its people and responsibly exploits its natural endowments to guarantee a high standard of living and quality of life for its citizens.

“So, by 2030 we are aiming to achieve the mission of harnessing, developing and utilizing STI to build a large, strong, diversified, sustainable and competitive economy that guarantees a high standard of living.”

Senator Adeleke Olurunnimbe noted that dialogue meetings would provide an enabling environment for the emergence of Tech giants, increase in the performance of researchers, peer review of researchers for effectiveness, learning of new approaches.

In a remark, the Kano state commissioner for science and technology Alhaji Idris Garba Unguwan Rimi, represented by the permanent secretary of the ministry Dr. Binta Umar said the Kano state government is ready to collaborate efforts in the promotion of local content.

“Kano state government has built 16 units of incubation centers in the state aimed at promoting local and indigenous content geared towards enhancing the economic development of the Nation.”

Participants and stakeholders from technology based industries, university lecturers, polytechnic attended the event.

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