- Minister of Science and Technology urged Nigerians in Diaspora to move back home
- He said there are billions of Naira to make in Nigeria and promised to give out contracts
- He also said his ministry is working on a cure for epilepsy
The federal government of Nigeria has appealed to Nigerians living outside the country to move back home and enjoy abundant wealth that has been untapped for years.
NAIJ.com gathers that the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu said there are billions to make in Nigeria and encouraged those living in the diaspora to move back home.
Onu, made this statement at an investment forum organised by his ministry, in New York according to a report by Daily Post.
Onu said: “We are asking you to come and be billionaires. That is what we are asking you, not millionaires. Come and make billions.
“We will give you products of research at nothing or little cost to you because it would be nice for the agency that has done this research to get some little returns.
“It would also be nice for the scientists, engineers who were involved in doing this research just to get something, that’s all but it would be very small.
“So we give it (research products) to you, knowing that you will keep the money in Nigeria; you will help employ Nigerians and you will help to grow our Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
“Come and take the researches that we have done. We have taken them to a level where you can now immediately convert them into products, make money out of it; that is the message.”
Onu also said his ministry is working on a cure for epilepsy and they are waiting for NAFDAC approval on the drug .
He said: “We are working on a cure for epilepsy; there is a drug that one of our agencies is working on, it is being tested now.
“And we know that epilepsy is a disease that is worldwide and this agency will not on its own commercialize this drug.
“For NAFDAC to give its approval, there are so many stages of trials and tests that the drug has to pass through.
“But at the time that it must have satisfied all these conditions, we don’t want our researchers to go into commercialisation.
“Because if we do that, they would no longer continue with research; everybody would prefer to go and make money."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, announced that there were currently about 15 million Nigerians in various parts of the world.
Dabiri-Erewa made the announcement at the Island Club, Lagos, in a lecture entitled: “Nigerians in The Diaspora: Strengths and Challenges in Pursuit of National Development."
The Senior Special Assistant said that Nigerians living in the different countries of world were not all completely bad, but many of them were doing “excellently well’’ in their professions.
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