The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu while playing host to the Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria, Clara Polido-Escandell, in his office in Abuja on Monday said Nigeria and the Republic of Cuba will join forces for biotechnology development and the production of vaccines and other medicines to improve the general health of citizens of both countries.
In a press statement titled ‘Nigeria/Cuba to deepen ties on STI development’ and made available to newsmen by a member of the ministry’s Press and PR team, Otuyemi Adetayo, The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu said that Nigeria and the Republic of Cuba will strengthen cooperation in the area of biotechnology development.”
Onu said “the relationship between both countries will include research in vaccine production, medicine production and development of biotechnological materials.
The minister further lauded Cuba for its efforts in the area of Covid-19 vaccine production despite being a small country slammed with international blockade and sanctions, as he assured the Cuban diplomat that Nigeria would continue to be a dependable ally.
He also called on the Organised Private Sector to invest more in STI, as the country has what it takes to be a world power in scientific innovations.