‘Multinationals should do their researches in Nigeria’

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Everest Amaefule, Abuja 

It is unacceptable for multinational corporations operating in Nigeria to take their local research needs to their home countries, the Federal Government has said.

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, conveyed the government’s disapproval of this practice when he received representatives of the Institute of Human Virology of Nigeria in Abuja on Thursday.

Onu said the most appropriate thing for the multinationals to do was to establish laboratories in the country so that they could look for the solutions to local problems within the environment.

The minister said, “It doesn’t really make sense and it is not acceptable to us that they do business in Nigeria and then they depend on research laboratories in their home countries to try to solve problems here in the country.”

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He also said the Federal Government would support the plan of the IHVN to establish eight laboratories in Nigeria in collaboration with the University of Maryland and some universities in Nigeria.

The Executive Director, Prof. Alash’Le Abimiku, who led the IHVN delegation, said excavation of the land for the proposed six-floor laboratories had already begun in Abuja.

She also disclosed that the institute had funding from some Canadian and European financial institutions and sought for further financial assistance from the Federal Government.

Abimiku said, “Through the 12 years that the University of Maryland has been working with the Institute of Human Virology, they have led a lot of the responses to the HIV and, through global funding, tuberculosis.”

Meanwhile the Ministry of Science and Technology on Thursday conducted the final examination for its Nigerian Youths in Science and Technology and Innovation for secondary schools from all the local government areas across the country.

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The competition tagged 774 Young Nigerian Scientists Presidential Award is one of the programmes instituted by the ministry to promote science, technology and innovation among young Nigerians.

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