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FG to boost agriculture, other sectors with technology transfer — Official



FG to boost agriculture, other sectors with technology transfer — Official

By Sylvester Thompson

The federal government is ready to stimulate agriculture and other relevant sectors of the economy with technologies transferred to the country.

Mr. Mohammed Dahiru, chairman of the Presidential Implementation Committee on Technology Transfer, said this during a courtesy visit to Mr. Buki Ponle, Managing Director of the Nigeria News Agency , on Wednesday at Abuja.

“Over the years our problem in the country was over reliance on imports; we import almost everything we consume or use.

“This is why the government felt that it was necessary for us to have the right partners who will transfer these technologies to us,” Dahiru said,

According to him, these technologies will then be domesticated with the country’s research agencies for the benefit of Nigerians and relevant stakeholders.

He mentioned the priority areas for transfer including agriculture and food technology, ICT, transport, science and technology, genomic medicine, pharmaceuticals, energy, mining, among others. .

“It is on this basis that the president set up this committee so that we can see to the full implementation of this agreement which will benefit targeted sectors of the economy,” he said.

Dahiru expressed optimism that such an initiative and government efforts would help push Nigeria towards self-sufficiency, with a huge reduction in foreign spending as well as improve our capacity and production.

He noted that the project would improve the capabilities and processes of individuals, companies and benefit all qualified businessmen to benefit from such technology transfer.

He said his committee was mandated to focus more specifically on agriculture, mining and SMEs.

Dahiru mentioned the eastern part of the country as enterprising technology hubs for SMEs, noting that with little technology applied, companies would be able to improve their processes.

As a result, he said, the committee was also looking at the FINTECH industry which particularly arose in the South West when most of the agricultural value chain would be in the North.

He said his visit was aimed at seeking a working partnership and cooperation in order to carry out the mandate. Mr. Ponle, while responding, assured his guests of the reliability of the agency’s partnerships.

Ponle told committee members that they had come to the right place at the right time and that technology transfer had taken center stage in the agricultural development of nations.

“We are ready to partner with you to make this a success and in all of our years of partnership we have never failed.

“We cannot afford to fail because it is our country that we benefit from,” Ponle said.

The Director General also highlighted the work of the agency and the services available. Mr Silas Nwoha, editor-in-chief of, also assured visitors that the agency was credible and reliable, with no chance of entering into partnerships.

Source: NAN

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