Minister of Science,Technology and Innovation,Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora,has called for a ban on all foreign products,saying that, Nigeria has the capacity to produce locally.
Speaking at a ministerial briefing organized by the Presidential Communication Team at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday, Mamora said the ban was necessary to protect local production and inventions.
Mamora stated that most of the inventions by agencies under his ministry were lying dormant on shelves because of lack of investors and investments.
He emphasized the need for Nigerians to be aware of local inventions and for investors to be willing to embrace the products and get them introduced to the consumers’ market.
Mammora explained that the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation had the challenge of taking research outputs to the market, lamenting that it was only when that was done that it would be seen as doing something.
He said the ministry would continue to engage relevant stakeholders.
He said plans are in top gear to come up with legislation to ensure protection of inventions before pushing them to the market.
He said,“We need to do more in terms of having that handshake between the research institutions and the market through investors and those who are interested – people that move around with their capital and would want to invest. So, it’s a challenge that we know we are still facing, we will need to do more,”
“We have so many outputs that are still gathering dust on shelves in various agencies. So, what we are doing is to continue to engage, to continue to have fora for these engagements where we can bring all stakeholders together.”
Mamora stressed the need for a change in taste by Nigerians, and he called on the government to impose.
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