The Federal Republic of Nigeria has revealed plans to concretise collaborations in technology transfer with other African countries for rapid regional development.
The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Sen. Adeleke Momora made this known when he received a delegation from the Tanzanian Commission for Science and Technology, led by the director-general of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Dr. DanAzumi Ibrahim in his office in Abuja.
Mamora noted that the rapid socio-economic growth of the African continent cannot be achieved without collaboration of African countries.
The minister added that Nigeria is operating in a global village where no country is an island to itself; stressing that African nations must synergise and share knowledge and experiences to move the continent forward.
Mamora pointed out that African countries have common histories, ancestries, cultures and challenges which will enhance easier synergy for the economic emancipation of the continent.
According to him, Africa is in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution which is technology-driven and involves the concept of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This, he said, is why most countries are moving from resource-based economies to knowledge acquisition economies, which is necessary for the desired development and progress of Africa.
To this end, he said that the Forum for African Research Innovation (FARI) was launched recently and Nigeria will be privileged to host the maiden edition in October this year.
Earlier, Ibrahim informed the minister that after due consultation with the Tanzanian Commission for Science and Technology, the agency identified areas of collaboration which will be of mutual benefit to both countries and decided to lead them to the ministry.
In his remarks, the director-general, Tanzanian Commission for Science and Technology, Dr. Amos Nungu informed the minister that the aim of the delegation’s visit is to seek for collaboration in technology transfer with Nigeria.