On Thursday, the 13th of July, the Nigerian Government and its Iranian counterpart declared their willingness to fortify partnership in technology. Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, The Minister of Science and Technology, and the Iranian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Morteza Zarchi, made the commitment when Zarchi paid a courtesy visit to minister in Abuja.
Onu declared Nigeria’s desire to strengthen relationship with Iran, especially in the area of technology. According to him, both countries have had cordial relationship, noting that there is need for the relationship to grow from strength to strength.
“ I must commend you for the good work you have done to promote good relationship between Iran and Nigerian. “I also commend Iran for her commitment in using science and technology for nation building.
“At one of the conferences I attended representing my country in Pakistan, your minister of science and technology told us that Iran as of last year, was investing 1.2 per cent of your GDP in science and technology. “ There is that decision to even boost allocation of more resources to science and technology because you understand and appreciate the importance and relevance of science and technology to nation building.’’
Furthermore, Onu said that Nigeria was also working hard in using science, technology and innovation as tools for nation building. The minister said that science and technology would help Nigeria to use its resources more efficiently to create jobs. He told the ambassador that Nigeria would be happy to join forces with Iran.