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Onu woos Nigerian investors in US

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, will on Monday begin a tour of the United States where he is expected to meet and discuss with Nigerians in the Diaspora and advance a case for returning home and exploring opportunities in the country.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by the Head, Press and Public Relations Unit, AbdulGaniyu Aminu, the ministry said that Onu would also travel to Cuba to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on science and technology.

Aminu said, “The visit to the United States of America which is from August 27 to September 4 will afford the minister the opportunity to meet with Nigerians in the United States to sensitise them to the numerous advantages of the Executive Order Five, which is to ensure the realisation of the objectives of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, 2017-2020.

“In accordance with section five (capacity building) of the Executive Order Five, the ministry is expected to take steps to encourage indigenous professionals in the Diaspora to return home and use their experience to develop Nigeria. Onu is expected to visit New York, Washington-DC and Florida.”

 He added, “The minister will, at the end of the visit to the US, proceed to Cuba on September 5 to honour the invitation of the Government of Cuba to enable both countries to evaluate the possibilities of cooperation in the areas of science, technology and innovation.

“The two countries are expected to sign cooperation agreement in science, technology, and innovation, under the auspices of Ministries of Science and Technology of both countries.”

Aminu said that Cuba had developed some of the technologies Nigeria could domesticate to reduce importation in line with the Executive Order Five.