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Science Minister: ‘Nigeria needs IT Innovation to Diversify Economy’

Uche Nnaji, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Technology, has emphasised the importance of giving priority to the development of novel technologies in order to advance economic diversification away from reliance on oil and gas.

At the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO) Southeast Zonal Office opening in Enugu, the minister delivered a speech.

“Nigeria’s economic prosperity depends on utilizing our raw materials and talents to propel technological innovation,” he stated. “The abundance of natural resources and a diversified skill set in our country encourage us to expand development beyond urban areas to rural areas.”

“President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda will leverage innovation, science, and technology to combat hunger and poverty. This stance rhymes with global economic landscape, emphasising innovation as key to development.

“The ministry recently revised the National Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (2022) and developed more policies to accelerate technological advancement. Our vision to industrialise Nigeria through innovation, science, and technology has led to establishment of Technology and Innovation centres in the six geopolitical zones, and Technology Incubation centres in states.

‘‘These facilities serve as hubs for stakeholders in the IST ecosystem to foster global competitiveness by harnessing mineral and human resources.

“Our commitment to indigenous technology is evident in our support for establishing Centres of Excellence for Welding Engineering and Technology to enhance collaboration between government and private sector to drive development in the industry.”

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