The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has said that Nigeria must shift from consumption to production if the country must attain greatness.
Osinbajo stated this in Awka, Anambra State on Friday, during a national innovation workshop organised by the senate committee on science, technology and innovation.
The vice president was represented by the Minister of State for Science and Technology, Henry Ikoh.
According to him, the Federal Government would continue to support innovation, while encouraging inventors to think towards commercialisation of their innovations.
He commended the senate committee led by Senator Uche Ekwunife, for it’s passion, noting that the workshop offered a unique platform to Nigerians to rebrand the national innovation ecosystem, with emphasis on technology and entrepreneurship.
He said, “As you are aware, the office of the vice president has been championing the adoption of innovative technology as a key tool to accelerating social economic development in Nigeria. The way to bridge the gap between the poor and the rich is by thinking out of the box, through innovation and commercialisation of course.
“Nigeria will be great only when we begin to shift our emphasis from a consuming nation. We must rely on production and that is the only way to go.