Nigeria to partner India on space and nuclear technology
The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology has agreed to cooperate with India in the area of developing space science and nuclear technology.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to the minister of science and technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, India High Commissioner to Nigeria, B.N. Reddy, said the main focus of the cooperation is on space science and nuclear technology.
The ambassador pledged the support of the India Institute of Higher learning to Nigeria on the development of scientific manpower and exchange of knowledge.
Reddy stated that his country would be collaborating with Nigeria to offer training programmes in the higher institute of science and technology adding that space science would be of considerable interest to Nigeria particularly satellite knowledge.
The minister pledged the support of the Federal Government to achieve the country’s vision in space science. According to him, “India and Nigeria share many things in common and I am happy that India has come to share knowledge with Nigeria especially in the area of science and technology as this has a role to play in boosting our economy”.
Ogbonnaya maintained that the expected achievements from this collaboration would be good for the country as Nigeria is currently moving away from a mono commodity dependent economy diversification. This, he stressed would ensure a solid base driven by innovations.
“When our economy is based on knowledge, we will be in a position to be competitive”. The minister added that the two parties could learn a lot to bring mutual benefit to both countries.
Although, space science is expensive, Ogbonnaya expressed optimism that Nigeria is committed to embracing space technology to improve the standard of living of the people in agriculture.
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