Ogbonnaya Onu

Nigeria, Ireland in Technology Transfer Deal

The Republic of Ireland has joined hands with the Nigerian Government to use technology transfer actualise speedy development in Nigeria. The two countries struck the deal when the Minister of Science and Technology, Mr. Ogbonnaya Onu hosted the Irish ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Sean Hoy, in his Abuja office recently.

Hoy said the deal was possible considering the cordial relationship that has existed between both countries since the pre-independence era. “The trade figure between Nigeria and Ireland last year was about 270million Euro(N58bn), but we are hoping that it is going to increase by the end of this year. In the trade mission we had in December, over 50m Euro(N108bn) contract was signed in that mission. So the relationship is going positively all the time.”

Hoy, who emphasised the importance of technology to Nigeria’s development said Ireland had developed a very good online education and has teachers with good online certificates who can train people here in Nigeria. “The relationship between the ministry and Ireland is that we have to look for the opportunity to use tech for the development of Nigeria.

“We are able to say that we are the only English speaking country in Euro with largest concentration of ICT companies in Euro,” he added. On his part, the Minister said Nigeria would partner with Ireland on technology transfer to ensure actualisation of President Buhari’s Change agenda. He called on the Irish envoy to strength their relationship Nigeria, adding that the ministry is working very hard to close technology gaps in the country and urged Irish companies to come into Nigeria.

“We commend Irish missionaries who came to Nigeria to establish schools where many of our leaders here benefitted from. It is good that we should talk about emphasis you place on education with good technology which helped you fight and defeat poverty. “This is exactly what we want to do here. The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is poised at creating jobs and grow the economy, in addition to securing the nation and making sure that the rule of law is observed,” he added.

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