By Emmanuel Elebeke
THE Federal Government has empowered 29 local inventors and innovators with a financial grant of N18 million.
The grant presented through the Presidential Standing Committee on Inventions and Innovations, PSCII was meant to assist them in creativity, inventions and innovation that will further boost national development, economic growth and global competitiveness.
Presenting the cheques to the beneficiaries at Abuja, the Minister of Science and Tech, Professor Ita Okon Bassey Ewa, charged them to be more creative in their inventions and innovation.
“ I challenge all the beneficiaries to work towards further creativity, inventions and innovations, using this grant”
He stated that a total number of 103 inventors and innovators have so far benefited from the grant across the six geo-political zones, since the inauguration of the committee in October, 2005.
The minister disclosed that the committee was making efforts at improving the funding level of the grant, disclosing that “collaborations with relevant stakeholders such as the Education Trust Fund, ETF, the Petroleum Technology Development Fund, PTDF, and others would assist in achieving the ultimate goal of providing a solid foundation for a technological breakthrough in the country.
Prof. Ewa also encouraged Nigerians to see Science, Technology and Innovation as the tools for national development.
The Chairperson of the Presidential Standing Committee on Inventions and Innovation, and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Mrs. Rabi Jimeta, congratulated the beneficiaries and advised them on the need to plough back the funds into their work,
Responding, Mr. Ekpo Cletus who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries promised that they would plough the money into the businesses to ensure improvement in the work.