Billions await you in Nigeria – Federal Government begs citizens abroad to return

Billions await you in Nigeria – Federal Government begs citizens abroad to return

The government of Nigeria has appealed to Nigerians in the diaspora to return home and seize the various economic opportunities to make billions of naira.

Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, made the call at an investment forum organised by his ministry, in New York, for Nigerians in the United States.

“We are asking you to come and be billionaires. That is what we are asking you, not millionaires. Come and make billions”, he said.

“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.”

He said that one of the agencies under the ministry was already working on a cure for epilepsy and was only awaiting the final stages of trials by the National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

“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,” Onu added.

Story: Wale Odunsi

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