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FG working to make economy less dependent on raw materials – Onu

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MINISTER of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, has said that federal government was working tirelessly to transform from raw material to technology-driven business and services.

  Dr. Onu made this assertion during the induction and presentation of new Fellows of Nigerian Academy of Science Gold medal award in Abuja, during the weekend on the sidelines of National Strategy for Competitiveness in Raw Materials summit.

  According to Dr Onu, the knowledge produced by natural sciences requires the insight of social sciences; the wisdom of the humanities and the management skills of the management sciences.

  He said, only through this, can Nigeria become a self-reliant nation-free from the strangulating grip of over-dependence on the importation of goods and services.

  Speaking on behalf of the fellow inductees, Onu assured that they will uphold their oath to the ideals of the Academy.

  “The future of science and technology was very bright in Nigeria. We are working day and night to attain that level of greatness that God wants us to be; we are working hard to make our economy less dependent on raw materials and be a knowledge and innovation-driven one,” he said.

  He added that through well-conceived policies, the ministry is working meticulously to ensure the transition of the country’s raw materials to products and services so as to achieve economic diversification.

  On Executive Order 5,  Onu described it as a revolutionary instrument that would move Nigeria’s economy from resource-based to a knowledge and innovation-driven economy.

  But he also explained that it will further guarantee home grown capability and capacity to maintain, re-design, reproduce, domesticate and duplicate infrastructures built in Nigeria which could lead to self-reliance and development.

  It will be recalled that the minister was among some Nigerians inducted into Nigerian Academy of Science which was established in 1977 as an association of Nigeria’s foremost scientists.

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