Tuesday, February 7, 2023

FG Approves Indigenous Production Of Satellites

FMST Dialogue
The Minister of State for Science, Technology and Innovation, Chief Henry Ikechukwu Ikoh (fourth from left) flanked by other dignitaries during the dialogue in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The Federal Government has approved the Indigenous production of satellite in Nigeria to facilitate and boost Internet broadband penetration.

The satellite production and design will be achieved through a public-private partnership (PPP) project in line with Executive Order No.5, which seeks to boost local production and ensure that Nigeria relies less on imports.

The Minister of State for Science, Technology and Innovation, Chief Henry Ikechukwu Ikoh made this ground-breaking achievement known during the south-south dialogue between government and stakeholders in the science, technology and innovation ecosystem in Port Harcourt yesterday (December 8, 2022).

During the dialogue, the minister said that the geo-political dialogues would enhance the productive capacities of each geo-political zone to promote the nation’s global competitiveness and productivity.

According to him, the technology and innovation centres have the task of showcasing the role of science, technology and innovation in socio-economic development, he added that this will ensure Nigeria moves from a resource-based economy to a knowledge and innovation-driven economy.

He further said that the development of technology innovation centres will provide the enabling environment for the emergence of tech giants, innovative discoveries, and inventions that will accelerate reverse engineering.

“It is envisaged that the operationalisation of the technology and innovation centres will lead to the emergence of commercial research and development companies, which will, in turn, be used to attract research funding from local companies and venture capital that would motivate Nigerians to go into the field of science, research and development (R&D).” 

The minister assured Nigerians that the Federal Government will work hard to ensure the success of technology development in the country and ensure that technological innovations and outputs from Nigeria are of world-class standard.

Ikoh further reiterated the commitment of the government to using Executive Order No.5 to empower youths in the Niger Delta in welding technology, to enable them to compete with their foreign counterparts. He added that this will help curb restiveness and militancy.

Earlier, the national coordinator, Strategy Implementation Task Office for Presidential Executive Order NO.5, (SITOPEP), Engr. Ibiam Oguejiofor noted that the Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation will collaborate with relevant stakeholders in the ecosystem to promote the application of STI in all sectors of the economy.

Speaking, the Rivers State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Prince Mmom commended the Federal Government for considering Rivers State to host the south-south zone and centre of excellence for global competitiveness and productivity.

A statement by the ministry’s deputy director, press and public relations signed by Josephine Ademu said Mmom added that the state government is willing to support the promotion of indigenous technology in the country.

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