By Rose Audu
At the office of Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Embassy of the state of Israel in Nigeria, Skill G Nigeria Limited and other partners have wrapped up the Innovation Fellowship for Aspiring Inventors and Researchers (i-FAIR) 2020/21.
The charge De Affairs of the embassy of Israel in Nigeria, Yotam Kreiman, in his opening remarks says Israel will continue to support Nigerian youths in transforming their ideas to inventions that can drive industrialization, not only in the country but in Africa as whole.
Yotam Kreiman made this known at the closing ceremony of the two-day event of the Innovation Fellowship for Aspiring Inventors and Researchers (i-FAIR) 2020-21 on Thursday at the nation’s capital Abuja.
He commended the 2020/21 i-FAIR participants for successfully completing the innovation programme amidst challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and extolled Shimon Ben-Shoshan, former Ambassador of Israel to Nigeria for his efforts.
According to Yotam, i-FAIR is a platform committed to supporting innovative Nigerians, especially youths in transforming their ideas to inventions that will drive inclusive and viable industrialization in Africa.
The initiative was created through the partnership of Israel, Skill-G and the Federal Government, to establish an ecosystem of innovation in Nigeria.
The Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who was represented by the minister of science and technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, commended the efforts of the embassy of Israel in Nigeria, Skill G Nig. Ltd. and other partners in deepening the diplomatic relations between Nigeria and Israel, in terms of innovation.
According to the minister of science and technology, the ministry will throw its weight behind the initiative to ensure full realisation of the i-FAIR objectives.
In his address, the Executive Director, Skill G Nigeria limited, Professor Gregory Ibe says the goal of the i-FAIR is to identify potential, as well as gaps between prospects, successes and subsequently bridge those gaps.
Speaking further, Ibe said “i-FAIR initiative has produced 34 start-ups, which have reached prototypes development stage, to address market needs in the fields of security, food technology, medical simulators, green/renewable energy and social responsibility.
Also speaking, Emmanuel Chiroma, who represented the Executive Director TETFUND lauded the efforts of the embassy of the state of Israel in Nigeria and Skill “G” Nigeria Limited for contributing to the development of Nigerians and the growth of the nation’s economy.
Some of the participants of the i-FAIR 2020-2021, Samuel Tor Tiv, Afam Nnamani, Tunji Raphael, Faisal Bala lauded the organizers of the programme for giving them the opportunity to put their ideas into inventions and seized the occasion to call on the federal government and organized private sectors and well-meaning Nigerians to support in funding the products which according to them will increase the GDP of the country and boost the nation’s economy.