The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has said that Nigerian technological innovations, products and services must meet global standards.
A statement signed by Josephine Ademu, Press and Public Relations of the ministry and issued to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, the minister quoted as saying during a working visit to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje in his office in Kano on Monday.
He stressed the need for the protection of intellectual property and that achieving it would encourage more innovators to contribute to the development of science, technology and innovation (STI) in Nigeria.
Onu added that protecting intellectual property would also promote the growth of small, medium and micro-enterprises, while effectively fighting poverty.
He said the nation urgently needed to commercialize research results, turning the results into goods and services and making them available to Nigerians and for export.
Speaking about national economic cohesion, Onu said an awareness-raising exercise would help reinforce the fact that all parts of Nigeria are self-sufficient based on the natural resources available to them.
Ganduje welcomed the minister to his office and said the surest way to turn Nigeria’s teeming population into an asset was through proper implementation of STI policies.
He called for the establishment of a Business Entrepreneurship clinic, as a way to equip young people to improve their skills.
The purpose of the visit was to brief the governor and the people of Kano State on the establishment of a technology innovation center for global competitiveness, the statement said.