Skill acquisition sure way out of poverty, says Onu


The Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu said that the surest way to move Nigerians out of poverty is to provide people with skills that will last them a lifetime.

Dr. Onu said this when he received the Ambassador of Switzerland to Nigeria, Amb. Georg Steiner, on Tuesday in his office in Abuja.

The Minister said that the skills to be imparted to Nigerians will enable them to be more productive and make Nigeria have higher global competitiveness in ranking.

He informed the Swiss envoy of the Federal Government’s unrelenting effort to diversify the economy, which is evident as Nigeria’s earnings from non-oil sources exceed that of crude oil.

Onu also said that the Ministry has been given a further mandate to supervise innovations all around the country. He added that Nigeria is going to attain self-reliance in many areas of socio-economic life.

The Swiss ambassador to Nigeria, his Excellency Amb. Georg Steiner said their visit was to form a mutually beneficial strong bond in STI development.

He invited the Minister to the “Swiss- Nigerian Innovation Forum 2021-2022; Technology for a Green Future”, which he described as a strong platform to accelerate STI relationships with both countries.