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



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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Sports Minister Hands Over Leadership To Permanent Secretary



The Honourable Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Sunday Dare has handed over the leadership of the Ministry to the Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar as the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration ended on Monday. 

At the Handing Over Ceremony held today at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, the Minister thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for giving him the opportunity to serve his Fatherland. 

He stated that the appointment enabled him to have a better knowledge and understanding of the challenges of governance as well as that of the youth in particular, adding that it also afforded him with the opportunity to  look out ways to profer solutions on complex issues in relation to governance. 

Dare who stated further that the portfolio also afforded him the avenue to encourage Nigerian youth to take up sports as a career for the socio-economic development of the country, called on them to also support the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led Administration for enhanced development of the sector.

Responding, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar commended Mr. Sunday Dare for his laudable initiatives in the Ministry.

While thanking the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration for creating an enabling environment for the sector to thrive, he pledged the support and cooperation of the staff and Management of the Ministry to the in coming Administration led by President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

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