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We Have Laid A Solid Foundation For Productivity, Full Industrialization In Nigeria-Minister

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Joel Ajayi

The Minister for State Science and Technology and Innovation Chief Henry Ikechukwu Ikoh has revealed that the government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari has indeed laid a good foundation for productivity, full industrialization to thrive in the country.

The Minister stated this on Monday in Abuja, when paid a visit to phase two of Professor H.D Ibrahim innovation center where he applauded the progress made so far and said that industrialization is key to job creation and economic development and growth of any nation.

According to the minister, from what we are seeing here, you will agree with me that the present government under leadership of president Buhari indeed, has laid a good foundation for Nigeria’s industrialization to strive.

“What we are talking about is a process of moving from consumption to production economy, this is a practical thing we have seen today, if this is replicated in each geo-political zone, Nigeria will be a destination for production and our youth will be gainfully employed.

“We have all the raw materials and from what we have seen today, 90% of what we are using is locally produced here, ranging from transformer oil to waste to wealth, there is no doubt Nigeria can be great again because industrialization will be guaranteed.

He charged the agency to intensify awareness, advocacy that will make their product known: “The product here is cheaper and better, we leveraging on executive order number 5, that says, we must produce what we need and export, we have everything here expect the awareness, advocacy, for people to really know what we are doing here, that is what I am telling DG starting from now.

“Private people should know what is going on here, because people go to India, china and the rest of the world to import every day, what they are looking for elsewhere are here in large quantity, its cheaper, more quality, it will give our youth employment and its more guarantee here than to risk their more going abroad exchange their money to dollar, putting a lot of pressure on naira.

“If we leverage what we have here, Nigeria will be where we export things to China and other parts of the world.”

He charged  all the staff of the Council to continue working hard to ensure success of the innovation, saying the government is continuous. The next government coming we have already laid a solid foundation for productivity, for full industrialization.

He however, thanked Mr. President for his industry friendly policy that is making Nigeria a final destination for the whole of Africa and the world.

However, the Nigerian Raw Materials Agency, RMRDC is a Nigerian government agency for research institutions that is responsible for industrial raw materials growth, promotion and utilization.

RMRDC led by Ibrahim Hussaini Doko through hard work over the years, has recorded many unprecedented achievements which has brought recognition to the Council most especially the strive to achieve self-sufficiency in raw materials production, reduction in imports of some selected raw materials and increase capability in indigenous process in Nigeria.

Among plant inspected was Phytomedicine Pilot Plant, High Speed Counter-Current Chromatography, Capsule Filling Room, Personal Protective Equipment Laboratory, Simulation/additive Manufacturing laboratory, Castor Oil and Derivatives Pilot Plant, Sodium Silicate Pilot Plant amongst other.

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Pre-COP Conference reinforces Nigeria’s role as global climate leader – Tinubu’s aide

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Joel Ajayi Comrade Yussuf Kelani, the recently appointed Special Assistant to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Climate Change Matters, attended the UNFCCC SB60 Pre-COP conference.

As a former President of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) and a dedicated environmental activist, Kelani’s presence at the conference marks a significant step in Nigeria’s climate action journey.

The Pre-COP conference brought together representatives from various nations and stakeholders in climate action and environmental sustainability from around the globe.

This pivotal event was held in preparation for the UNFCCC COP29, scheduled to take place in Baku, Azerbaijan, in November 2024. The primary focus of the conference was to develop and refine the implementation framework for the global climate finance roadmap.

The year 2024 is set to be a landmark year for climate finance, with countries agreeing on a new global climate finance goal known as the New Collective Quantified Goal (NCQG). This goal is expected to be a crucial marker for a successful outcome at COP29 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The NCQG aims to mobilize significant financial resources to support the climate needs and priorities of developing countries, including mitigation, adaptation, addressing loss and damage, and facilitating just transitions.

A key objective of the NCQG is to provide clarity on the public funding available for developing countries to implement their next round of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and adaptation plans, which are due by February 2025. At COP28, countries agreed to submit their NDCs 9-12 months ahead of COP30, highlighting the urgency and importance of these commitments.

Our participation in the SB60 Pre-COP conference underscored Nigeria’s proactive stance in global climate negotiations. Our involvement facilitated Nigeria’s engagement with global leaders, policymakers, and climate experts, enhancing collaborative efforts and reinforcing Nigeria’s commitment to climate action.

President Tinubu’s SA on Climate Change Matters highlighted that Nigeria’s active participation in the conference has yielded several benefits, including increased access to climate finance.

The discussions at the conference focused on securing substantial financial resources for developing nations through the NCQG. For Nigeria, this translates into enhanced funding for projects aimed at mitigation, adaptation, and resilience-building. These funds are crucial for Nigeria to achieve its climate targets and transition towards a low-carbon economy.

Another significant aspect of Nigeria’s participation in the SB60 Pre-COP conference was the emphasis on technological innovation and capacity building. Engaging with international experts and stakeholders allowed Nigeria to gain insights into the latest advancements in clean energy technologies, climate-smart agriculture, and sustainable urban development. These insights are vital for driving domestic climate initiatives and ensuring that Nigeria leverages cutting-edge technologies to address its unique challenges.

The outcomes of the SB60 Pre-COP conference align closely with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s agenda for climate change and Nigeria’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Climate action is intricately linked to multiple SDGs, including those related to poverty eradication, food security, clean water, and sustainable cities. By advancing its climate agenda, Nigeria is simultaneously driving progress towards achieving these interconnected goals.

Investments in renewable energy, for instance, not only mitigate greenhouse gas emissions but also provide access to affordable and clean energy, fostering economic growth and reducing poverty. Similarly, sustainable agricultural practices enhance food security and promote responsible land use, contributing to SDG 2 (Zero Hunger) and SDG 15 (Life on Land). These integrated approaches ensure that climate action efforts also deliver socio-economic benefits, thereby promoting holistic development.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is committed to leveraging these gains to implement effective and inclusive climate policies that benefit all Nigerians. Nigeria’s active engagement in global climate forums underscores its dedication to being a leader in climate action and a champion of sustainable development.

As posted on the Facebook page of Comrade Kelani Yussuf,
Special Assistant to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Climate Change Matters

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