The Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, says Nigeria and the Kingdom of Belgium will deepen their already existing relationship for mutual gains in the development of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).
He said this in Abuja on Monday when he received the ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to Nigeria, Daniel Bertrand.
The minister, who briefed the Belgian envoy on the role of his ministry in spearheading the transformation of Nigeria’s economy to a knowledge and innovation based one, said Nigeria had made STI one its top priorities.
He further highlighted the efforts of the Federal Government to improve Nigeria’s manufacturing capacity and the agricultural value chain.
Onu said FG was working hard to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by the turn of the decade, adding that through more investment in STI, the per capita income and Gross Domestic Product of Nigeria would improve.
He assured the envoy that Nigeria is a prime destination for investment and expressed optimism on interested Belgian investors.