The Federal Government said it would establish a joint
commission with Cote d’Ivoire to strengthen bilateral cooperation on science
and technology between the two countries.
This is contained in a statement issued by an Information
Officer in the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr Abdul-Rahman
Suleman, and made available to newsmen
The statement quoted the Minister of Science and Technology,
Prof. Ita Ewa, as stating this when he received the Ambassador of Cote d’Ivoire
to Nigeria, Mrs Toure Maman, in his office.
“Nigeria is ready to receive people from Cote d’Ivoire into
our special places of learning for training in solar, leather, space and
bio-technology,” the minister said.
Ewa said that Nigeria would look into benefiting from Cote
d’Ivoire’s bio-technology in the multiplication of pineapple and other fruit
He also expressed Nigeria’s readiness to assist other
African countries in sectoral development.
Highlighting the adverse effects of malaria in Africa, Ewa
said Nigeria had embarked on research and development of drugs, using modern
drugs and traditional herbs that would combat malaria in the sub-region.
The statement also quoted the Ivorian envoy as saying that
the partnership would be of great benefit for both countries.
Maman said the partnership would enable both countries to
identify areas of cooperation in science and technology with the aim of
stimulating their economic growth and development.
She said that Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria would hold
subsequent meetings that would enable both countries extend their bilateral
relations to other sectors apart from science and technology.
The Ivorian envoy said that it was important for African
countries to collaborate and work together for the development of the
The proposed areas of cooperation between the countries,
according to the statement, include capacity building and training in
entrepreneurship and commercialisation of science and technology products.
“Other areas of partnership are joint research and
development activities in areas of resource-based alternative materials for
construction; training and capacity building in space science and technology.
“Others are production of low cost and purely herbal
anti-malaria therapies as well as economic empowerment programmes through