The Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr. Bitrus Bako Nabasu has called for strong partnership between the Ministry and UKAID-Africa, to boost knowledge transfer in Science, Technology and Innovation.
Mr. Nabasu made the call when he received a delegation of UKAID and UK-Africa science partnership in Abuja.
Nabasu who disclosed the President’s determination to lift more than 100 million people out of poverty in the next ten years said it can only be realized through the platform of Science andTechnology.
Saying the Federal Government had initiated major policies in science, technology and innovation (STI) to help drive economic diversification, Nabasu appealed to UKAid to assist in the area of their implementation.
He commended the UKAID in Africa, for using technology to improve the fortunes of ordinary citizens in Nigeria.
Earlier, the Head of UKAID, UK-AFRICA West African Team leader, Leanne Jones said the objective of their meeting was to support partner countries like Nigeria to harness Science and technology to improve economic opportunities.
She emphasized that the UK will deploy technology, to addressing poverty reduction while digital technologies would also be employed to expand broadband and internet options in Nigeria.
Dr. Nee-Joo Teu, the Head of the UK Knowledge Transfer Technology, said, partnership with the Federal Government was essential to build suitable technological models for Nigeria that is friendly to the Eco-system and eventually grow Nigeria’s economy.