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President Buhari To Declare Tech Expo Open

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President Mohammadu Buhari will on Monday (today) declare the 2021 edition of the annual Technology Expo open at Eagles Square, Abuja.

The event which is that the 5th edition within the series is predicted to draw in over 2000 exhibitors in the world, comprising mainly researchers, inventors, innovators and investors.

Addressing the press at Eagles Square, Abuja when he led minister of state, with other Management staff of the Ministry on a facility tour of the EXPO venue over the weekend in preparation for the one week Expo, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu said President Mohammadu Buhari will declare the event open with many innovations introduced to form the event unique from the previous editions.

With over 2000 exhibitors expected to participate in the Expo, Onu said the event is to be beamed survive YouTube, Instagram and other social media platforms. He said the event would even be screened survive an internet site www.techexpo.gov.ng to enable all interested persons to participate within the epoch making event, especially Nigerians in Diaspora and prospective investors.

The minister said other plans lined up to form the event unique include the display of 4 LED Screens at the Eagles square to limit movements of participants in line with the COVID-19 protocols.

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‘‘We have decided to beam all the event on youtube channel, and also screen the event on www.nigeriatechexpo.gov.ng. Those are the 2 major platforms, also all the technical sessions are getting to be beamed online, using these two platforms a day of the five days. Also, goes to get on instagram and twitter account.

‘‘Online registration getting to open tomorrow. Participants also can register online. you are doing not got to register here physically. there’ll be 4 LED screens on Eagle Square. it’s not happened before. People can watch the event without following the President around the arena.’’

According to him, the 2021 Science, Technology and Innovation EXPO, will help showcase and develop ideas, inventions and innovations, which will transform Nigeria’s economy to knowledge and innovation-driven one.

Dr. Onu explained that the essence of the expo, is to explore more ways to commercialize research done by investors and innovators , adding that more wealth and revenue are going to be available to the state when research ideas are converted into products and services.

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“The best thanks to fighting poverty, is thru commercializing research findings into products and services needed by the overall population and creating more wealth for the citizens and boosting the economy”.

With commercialization of research findings, Onu said Nigeria is going to be self-reliant and self -sufficient.

The minister, added that the EXPO will afford a chance for investors, innovators, inventors, members of the Organized Private Sector and relevant stakeholders to share ideas, thereby creating more businesses, wealth and increased revenue for the govt .’’

”The essence of this expo is to explore ways during which we will commercialize our research findings. If you are doing research and innovation and you finish up leaving them on the shelves of laboratories, they’re going to have little or no impact on the economy of the state.

But once you’re ready to convert them into products and services that we’d like as a nation, equivalent products and services we ordinarily import from outside, we’ll be helping the economy in numerous ways.

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‘’Providing jobs for our people is best thanks to fighting poverty, create wealth, growing small-scale enterprises and from small scale they grow into medium-scale enterprises. These are successful stories Nigerians got to realize.

‘’It is extremely important in our drive for self-sufficiency and self-reliance. So, this expo is critical, not just helping us to commercialise our research findings, but making Nigeria become self-reliant. We can’t still import many things we’d like, we should always be ready to produce many of those things in Nigeria.’’

Dr. Onu further expressed confidence in the extent of preparation affirmed that this year’s EXPO will surpass all previous editions in terms of innovations, organisation, increased number of registered participants, and lots of relevant areas.

On COVID-19 protocols, Dr. Onu, said that each plan had been put in situ by the organisers, to make sure minimal risk of infections amongst participants and stakeholders, asserting that the orgazation will confirm the event is safe and secure for all participants.

The EXPO will commence from Monday 15th March and endways Friday 19th March 2021.

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