Thursday, May 19, 2022

Nigeria, Isreal Firm Up Bilateral Ties On STI Devt

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L-R: The permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (FMSTI), Mr. Edet Sunday Akpan, the FMSTI minister, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu and the Ambassador of Israel to Nigeria, Mr. Michael Freeman when the envoy paid a courtesy call on the minister in his office in Abuja.

Nigeria is set to further solidify ties with Israel in science, technology and innovation and socio-economic development.

The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu made this known when he received the new Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria, Amb. Michael Freeman, in his office today in Abuja.   

Onu informed the newly appointed Israeli envoy of the Federal Government’s desire to make Nigeria’s economy more diversified and knowledge-based.

“Nigeria is blessed with natural resources and we have some of the most intelligent people in the world. We want to diversify our economy because we believe [that] with the huge human capital, we can add value to our raw materials and create jobs for our youths,” he said.

The minister hailed the historical diplomatic ties between both nations, adding that the relationship has yielded positive fruits over the years.

A statement by the ministry’s deputy director of press and public relations, Afonja Ajibola, said Onu warmly congratulated the new ambassador on his appointment and urged him to build upon the successes of his predecessors. 

Earlier, Freeman said that his country was willing to collaborate further with Nigeria on many socio-economic areas, especially challenges that can be solved using science, technology and innovation.

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