The Federal Government has revealed its plans to strengthen bilateral ties with the European Union to improve science, technology and innovation (STI).
The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, made this known when he received the new European Union Ambassador to Nigeria, Her Excellency, Samuela Isopi, in his office, in Abuja, saying Nigeria will work together to further strengthen bilateral ties with the EU, with special focus on research and development through STI.
Onu said Nigeria, like all other countries of the world, is transiting from resource to knowledge-based economy and that the ministry is leading the all-inclusive innovation.
According to him, the country will be in a position to create more jobs for her teeming population, in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision of lifting over a hundred million Nigerians out of extreme poverty within the next 10 years.
The minister also emphasised the bilateral road map between the two countries – which includes research and development. With these renewed collaborations with the EU the ministry will have the opportunity to achieve the objectives of the road map.
Onu further stated that working with the EU is extremely important and would enable both parties to achieve a common objective.
Earlier, Isopi said that the purpose of her visit was to establish a cordial relationship and collaborate with the ministry in the area of science, technology and Innovation.