STI deepen ties
By Charles Okonji
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has said that Nigeria and the Kingdom of Belgium will deepen their already existing cordial and warm relationship for mutual gains in the development of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).
Onu said this when he received the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to Nigeria, Amb. Daniel Bertrand, in his office on Friday in Abuja.
The Minister briefed the Belgian envoy on the role of his Ministry to spearhead the transformation of Nigeria’s economy to a knowledge and innovation based one.
Highlighting the efforts of the government on improving Nigeria’s manufacturing capacity and the agricultural value chain, the Minister added that the Federal Government is working hard to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by the turn of the decade.
He pointed out that through more investment in STI, the per capita income and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Nigeria will improve.
He assured the envoy that Nigeria is a prime destination for investment and expressed optimism on interested Belgian investors.
The Belgian Ambassador to Nigeria, Amb. Daniel Bertrand said that Nigeria is Africa’s prime destination for investments, as it is the largest economy in Africa and a regional leader in Science and technology.
He noted that Nigeria has a lot of business potentials, as business people from his country are interested in investing in Nigeria.