The Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (FMSTI) is set for a partnership with the Taraba State government on the development of science, technology and innovation (STI) for socio-economic growth.
The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, made this known when he received the state governor, Arc. Darius Ishaku in his office in Abuja.
Onu reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to helping the state restore the affected facilities of the biotechnology centre under the ministry, which was vandalised during the ‘EndSARS’ protest.
He also expressed the government’s commitment to work closely with the state government to positively reposition the country technologically.
The minister further added that the nation is gradually moving from a resource to a knowledge-based economy through the efforts of the ministry by making sure that certain policies are put in place.
“We are gradually moving away from depending on commodities so that we can use our brain to add value to the enormous resources God has endowed the nation with,” he said.
Onu further said that for Nigeria to be truly great like other technologically advanced countries, she must pay special attention to the development of STI.
Earlier, Ishaku said his visit to the ministry is to prevail on the minister to resuscitate the vandalized Biotechnology Centre that was destroyed during the protest in the state.
He also appreciated the ministry’s effort and cooperation through STI especially in the area of biotechnology development and other agencies.
The governor also added that the ministry was helping the farmers in the state using machine technology located in Jalingo for the production of bricks and drying of fish.