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Nigeria and Ireland to partner on agriculture, energy

Staff Writer |
The federal government of Nigeria plans to enter into partnership with the Republic of Ireland to improve the skills of Nigerians in science, research and innovation.

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Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, made the disclosure, when the Ambassador of Ireland to Nigeria, Sean Hoy, paid him a visit in Abuja, with representatives of Nine Irish Education Companies.

The minister said Nigerians are desirous of working with Ireland on research and innovation noting that Ireland's model of industrialisation is attractive with clear road for implementation.

Onu, commended the Irish government for being the highest exporter of Pharmaceutical products, which has attracted international business to the country.

He said: "You have highly educated workforce who is very attractive to companies that rely on knowledge, we desire to move from resource based to knowledge based economy.

"We need to improve drastically on energy to improve industrialisation, Food Science is of great interest because we are working very hard to feed ourselves, we were carried away by oil, we used to spend money importing rice.

"Science and Technology is important in the Agricultural chain because it has strong link with the industry, we will encourage our people to benefits from facilities available in Ireland."

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