FG to establish six technology, innovation hubs —Minister

The Federal Government is to establish six technology and innovation hubs across the six geo-political zones of the country to commercialize and convert research findings into Nigerian products that can compete globally.

This is contained in statement by Abba Anwar, the Chief Press Secretary to. Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and issued to newsmen in Kano on Tuesday.

According to Anwar, the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Ogbonnaya Onu disclosed this during a courtesy visit to Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on plans to establish the Northwest hub in the state and sensitization of relevant stakeholders in the zone.

The Minister decried that research findings in the country have remained in the shelves and laboratories and not being put to use as the various stakeholders work in isolation.

According to him, “We have seen that we have so many research findings from our laboratories end up in the laboratories and not judiciously put to use. Very often the researchers, scientist, engineers use these findings for career advancement, write academic papers and get promoted.

“But what the nation needs is more than that. The nation needs the commercialization of the findings and converting them into products and services that we need in our country because that is the only way we can reduce importation of goods into our country and even export the surplus. By doing so, it will create more jobs, wealth and eradicate poverty.

“We have also seen that our research institutes, agencies, universities, polytechnics carry out research on their own without interactions between them. So, we are out to promote that interaction between the stakeholders as well as the governments and industries.

“Let the research carried out in the research institutes be driven by the need of the industries. By the time that is done, industries will be willing to commercialize and convert such findings into products and services.

“For that reason, we want to establish six technology and innovation centers for global competitiveness in the six geopolitical zones with that of the Northwest in Kano State.

“With this, SMEs will spring up in the country, they will grow into medium scale and large scale and through that eradicate poverty in the country.

“Mr. President has said that as many as 100 million Nigerians will be lifted out of poverty in 10 years.

“China just reported that no extreme poverty in it country. This is what they did. We have all it takes to do same. Each states has mineral resources it can depend on. So in the town hall meeting, we will how to harness the potentials of their mineral resources,” Onu maintained.

In his remarks, Governor Ganduje said technology and innovation centre is surest ways of turning it large population into asset instead of liability.

He, however commended the Minister for selecting Kano State as the location for establishing the hub for the North West geopolitical zone.

“Kano State is the most populous state with highest number of youths and a commercial nerve centre of Nigeria and some West African countries.

“By implication, we have the highest number of youths in the country. So we are vulnerable if we don’t make our population a quality and an asset instead it will become a liability.

“By bringing the centre to Kano, is putting a square peg in a square hole as it is the surest way of making our population a quality population and making it an asset,” Ganduje said.

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