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Minister seeks media partnership to move Nigeria forward

By Sylvester Thompson

Science and Technology Minister Dr Ogbonnaya Onu said the strategic partnership with the media on science, technology and innovation (STI) is the key to moving the country from a based economy. on resources to a knowledge-based economy.

The Minister made the disclosure when the Leadership Newspaper group paid him a courtesy visit to his office

in Abuja.

As a result, he revealed that his ministry was taking practical steps to help shift the economy from commodities to knowledge and innovation.

“We are the sixth largest exporter of crude oil, but whenever there is a sharp drop in the price of raw materials in the international market, it negatively affects the economy,” he said.

The UN pointed out that Nigeria’s enormous natural resources, if properly harnessed, would add value to the economy and would be turned into finished products for export.

He noted that it could help develop the economy through local production and wealth creation.

He added that the federal government had put in place policies that would make the industrialization process irreversible as the country had reached certain levels of industrialization.

The Minister stressed the need to use STI to facilitate the industrialization process.

Earlier, the group’s vice-chairman, Chief Mike Okpere, told the minister that the purpose of their visit was to build on the existing partnership with the ministry.

He said the group also intended to examine the possibility of publishing the ministry’s activities in the leadership journals on a weekly basis. (NAN) ()

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