FEDERAL government has
disclosed plans to collaborate
with the African Network
for Drugs and Diagnostics
Innovation, ANDI, to ensure
that Nigeria improves on its
healthcare delivery in Africa
and beyond.
This disclosure was made
by the Minister of Science and
Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya
Onu, during a courtesy visit
by a delegation of the African
Network for Drugs and
Diagnostics Innovation in his
office.
Onu stated that the Federal
Ministry of Science and
Technology is giving ANDI
the necessary support in
making sure that Nigeria’s
aspiration as a nation is not
only limited to Africa, but
will also influence the global
market in the production of
drugs for diseases that cannot
be cured now.
He stated that the ministry
is attaching much importance
to knowledge and is focusing
attention on diversifying the
economy through innovation
driven projects, by engaging
some of the agencies under
its purview in manufacturing
drugs with particular attention
to diseases peculiar to the
black race.
Onu reiterated President
Muhammadu Buhari’s
commitment to ensuring that
his administration delivers
on the promises he made
to Nigerians in improving
healthcare delivery.
In a related development,
a delegation of the Nigerian
Society of Engineers also paid
a visit to the minister in his
office.
In his opening remarks,
the President-elect, African
Union and Science Technology
Commission, Mr Mohammed
Kyari, unveiled the candidate
for Africa in the upcoming
World Federation of
Engineering Organisations
election in December 2017,
Engineer Mustapha Balarabe
Shehu.
Earlier, Kyari informed
the minister that Africa will
present Engineer Shehu as
its sole candidate for the
election and that he is the
most qualified to vie for the
position at the international
level because of his landmark
achievements in the continent.
Reacting, Onu stated that the
administration of President
Buhari is determined to
change the way and manner
that Nigeria conducts its
business, with priority given
to local manufacturing.
He also commended the
African Union for adopting
Engineer Shehu as the sole
candidate for the election, as
he will emerge as the first Sub-
Saharan African to contest
at the World Federation of
Engineering Organisation
election in December.

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