The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, said strategic partnership with the media on science, technology and innovation (STI) is the key to move the country from resource-based to a knowledge-based economy.
The minister made this disclosure when the Leadership Newspaper group paid him a courtesy visit in his office on Friday in Abuja.
“We are the sixth largest exporter of crude oil, yet whenever there is a sharp drop in the price of commodities in the International market, it adversely affects the economy,” he said.
He noted that this could help expand the economy through local production and wealth creation.
He further 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.
Earlier, the Vice Chairman of the Group, Chief Mike Okpere, told the minister that the purpose of their visit was to leverage on the existing partnership with the ministry.
He said the group also had intent to examine the possibility of publishing weekly the activities of the ministry in Leadership Newspapers.(NAN)