TECH | Nigeria, Portugal sign science & technology development deal

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Nige­ria is preparing to partner with Portugal to host Technology Summit scheduled to hold in the country later this year.
Onu disclosed this known in Abuja during an official sign­ing of an MoU between Nige­ria and Republic of Portugal on Science and Technology.
According to him, scien­tists, researchers and other stakeholders from both coun­tries will converge on Abuja for the summit aimed at exploring ways of better managing cli­mate change.
“ I am happy that in the management of Atlantic Ocean, Portugal will work very closely with Nigeria for us to effectively and efficient­ly manage the huge resources of the ocean.
“ This will be very good for the world as it is an important ocean that helps to determine the climate change.
“So far, we have not been able to study and understand the ocean the way we should.
“Now, we are proposing that the Atlantic Internation­al Research Centres will have its headquarters in Nigeria”, he said.
Onu said that Nigeria was in the process of moving econo­my to be knowledge-based and innovation-driven to meet the need of the nation.
Earlier, Prof. Manuel Heitor, the Portugal Minister of Sci­ence, Technology and High­er Education, said his country would work with Nigeria in all seriousness toward mutual benefits through the applica­tion of science and technology.
“We need education to ac­quire knowledge to help sci­ence to brighten our common future as it is a tool needed to build the future for the coming generation,“ he said.
Heitor said that Portugal would work with Nigeria in ad­dressing the impact of Climate Change in the country.
He said that his country was also willing to partner with Ni­geria on space and bio technol­ogy.
On the agreement, he said that Portugal would work with Nigeria toward achieving Sus­tainable Development Goals of 2030. (NAN)

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