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Buhari Advises Other African Countries On Ways To End Unemployment, Says Nigeria Ready For Collaboration

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October 18, 2022

According to Buhari, half of the population of the West African region is 15 years old and above and therefore, countries have to channel their “energy and creativity in acquiring skills that confront the development of our region.”

President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that African countries need to end the “existing trait of unemployment” while adding that Nigeria is ready for collaborations through science and technology.

According to Buhari, half of the population of the West African region is 15 years old and above and therefore, countries have to channel their “energy and creativity in acquiring skills that confront the development of our region.”

Buhari who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari said this at the maiden conference of the African Forum on Research and Innovation (FARI) on Monday in Abuja.

The President said that FARI was a great road map towards commitment to research and development which is necessary for diversification of socio-economic growth of Africa continent, through Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).

He further said that the new generation of active and productive talents was being discovered to contribute their quota in surmounting the challenges confronting the economic growth of the region, hence, the need to create FARI.

“The President reiterated that the time to move forward and act accordingly is apt, stressing that this can only be achieved through collaboration, development of human capacity, infrastructure, and technical skills among others in ECOWAS region.

“According to President Buhari, half of the population of the West African region is 15 years old and above with an existing trait of unemployment, we need to channel their energy and creativity in acquiring skills that confront the development of our region.”

“To this end, Nigeria is committed to further strengthen collaboration with Science, Technology and Innovation experts as an integral part of her respective national development policies and plans,” Buhari was quoted to have said according to a release by Atuora Obed , for the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Speaking, the Minister of Science Technology and Innovation, Dr. (Sen) Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora, said that the forum was initiated to improve public understanding of STI in the region.

The Minister further said that the forum would help in creating a regular frame work between researchers, innovators as well as commercialising research results.

Earlier, the President of ECOWAS Commission Dr. Omar Alieu Touray said that STI is the driving force for structural transformation of economy and factors of integration into the world economy.

Speaking, the Director, UNESCO Dakar regional office and OIC Abuja regional office, Dr. Dimitri Sanga, said that the clock is ticking for all Countries including those in Africa to reach their Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, adding that countries future economic growth depends on their