Says Cassava Bread Policy is a Catalyst For Economic Growth
The Minister of Science Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has stated that over three million jobs will be created if only 20 per cent of cassava is used to replace wheat in making bread in the country. It will be recalled that former President Goodluck Jonathan was the pioneer of the Cassava bread initiative, which was one of the cardinal points of his Agricultural Transformation Agenda.
Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu explained that the ministry of Science Technology was also working to domesticate technologies and ensure that imported machines are produced in the country, noting that this could be realized through massive investment in research and development.
He further attributed the poor level of technological development in the country to lack of cooperation between the public and private sectors as well as the universities and research institutions, regretting that they had not worked together to ensure that research findings were put to use.
The minister while receiving a delegation from the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, NESG described the group as the gateway to the private sector, also assuring the delegation of the ministry’s readiness to collaborate with them.
Leader of delegation and Chairman of NESG Board of Directors, Mr. Kyari Bukar, told the minister that their visit was to seek closer working relationship with the ministry and its agencies to create public-private synergies required to make science and technology the driver for achieving competitiveness, inclusive growth and sustainability in the country.
He also advocated for the implementation of the science, technology and innovation policy within the shortest possible time, arguing that it would enable the ministry contribute immensely to the Gross Domestic Product, GDP.
Omolara Adegoke- Abuja
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