Minister of State for Science, Technology and Innovation, Chief Henry Ikechukwu Ikoh has said that Nigeria is ready to collaborate with the Republic of Japan in order to strengthen bilateral ties in the area of technology transfer for the benefit of the country.
Chief Ikoh said this when the Ambassador of Japan to Nigeria, His Excellency, Matsunaga Kazuyoshi paid him a courtesy visit in his office recently in Abuja.
According to the Minister, the Ministry has technical Departments and Agencies saddled with responsibilities of various fields of technology, adding that Japan collaboration will enhance to transform the country’s potentials.
He therefore, commended Japanese Government for the long-standing bilateral relation between the two countries and assured the Ambassador that Nigeria is committed to working together with Japan.
Speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Monilola Udoh, said that presently Nigeria is gradually moving from commodity to knowledge-based economy in order to transform our raw materials into finished products in the market for economic transformation and diversification.
She reiterated the Federal Government commitment to the economic diversification of the nation, hence the need to collaborate with Japan for Technology Transfer.
Earlier, the Ambassador of the Republic of Japan to Nigeria, His Excellency, Matsunaga Kazuyoshi said that the purpose of his visit is to seek for collaboration between the two countries in the area of technology transfer, noting that Nigeria have various natural resources which Japan can explore technologically.
Atuora Obed O.
20th April, 2023.