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Why Scientific Research And Innovation Is Key To Nigeria’s Economic Development- Onu

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The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has identified the place of Scientific Research and Innovation to enhancing knowledge driven economic development of Nigeria.

Onu who gave the indication at a virtual high level interactive meeting with the EU Commission on Horizon Europe-Focus on Nigeria on Thursday 18th November 2021 said the Federal Government will continue to promote cooperation between the European Union and Nigeria that will be targeted at finding local solutions to challenges that are global in nature but with very severe impact on Africa.

According to a statement from the ministry, Dr Onu described the “EU-Horizon Nigeria” as a strategic partner towards delivering beneficial innovation and research programmes, that will promote sustainable knowledge-driven economic development for growth, job and wealth creation, defence and internal security, infrastructural development and good governance.

The Minister used the opportunity to call upon Scientists, Researchers, the Organized Private Sector (OPS) and entrepreneurs in Nigeria to submit proposals for funding to Horizon Europe.

The Horizon Europe work programme 2021-2022 includes about 40 topics with a budget of around €350 million. Also, Horizon Europe which is EU’s research and innovation programme has a budget of €95.5b for a period of 7 years: 2021-2027.

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