The Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, said on Thursday that the Federal Government plans to invest more in the advancement of the production of leather in Nigeria.
Onu stated this at the matriculation of trainees and inauguration of Nigerian Institute of Leather Science and Technology (NILEST), North Central Leather cluster extension centre as well as leather training infrastructure.
The minister said such serious steps to promote leather production would quicken Nigeria’s industrialisation process.
By doing this, we will also strengthen our capacity to convert our rich agricultural products into viable economic goods and services that we need for both domestic consumption as well strengthen export earnings.
This will help in job and wealth creation, help restore national self-reliance and self-confidence, enhance prosperity and boost our economy.
The minister said that the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology was determined to use Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) to lay a solid foundation for Nigeria’s economic diversification.
The minister noted that the Federal Government’s new national development order on STI would help move the country from a resource-based economy to a knowledge-based and innovation driven one.
It is expected that this will help strengthen greater grassroots participation in leather technology, thereby helping to stimulate more indigenous capacity for the ultimate benefit of our people.topics from