Minister seeks partnership with media to move Nigeria forward

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

The minister made this disclosure when the Leadership Newspaper group paid him a courtesy visit in his on Friday in Abuja.

Accordingly, he disclosed that his ministry is taking practical steps help move the away from on commodity-based knowledge and innovation driven.

“We are the sixth largest exporter of crude oil, yet whenever there is a sharp drop in the of commodities in the International market, it adversely affects the economy,” he said.

Onu emphasised that Nigeria’s enormous natural resources, if properly harnessed, would add value the and be transformed into finished products for export.

He noted that this could help expand the through local production and wealth creation.

He said that the Federal Government had put in place policies that would make the industrialisation process irreversible, as the country had attained certain levels of industrialisation.

The minister stressed the need bring in STI facilitate the industrialisation process.

Earlier, the Vice Chairman of the Group, Chief Mike Okpere, told the minister that the purpose of their visit was leverage on the existing partnership with the ministry.

He said the group also had intent examine the possibility of publishing weekly the activities of the ministry in Leadership Newspapers.(NAN)