Nigeria to Partner Cuba to Boost Pharmaceutical Production

April 12, 2022
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By Adedapo Adesanya

The federal government has expressed its readiness to partner with the Republic of Cuba in the development of biotechnology for pharmaceutical production.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI), Mr Ogbonnaya Onu, when he received Mrs Clara Escadel, the Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria on a courtesy call in Abuja.

The Minister said the development of biotechnology for pharmaceuticals would be facilitated and accelerated due to Nigeria’s youthful population.

Mr Onu said that Nigerian youths, at home and abroad, had reached the peak of their careers in various technological endeavours.

He added that with the necessary skills, the youths could take Nigeria to greater heights.

According to him, Nigeria is tackling food insecurity as the country emerges as the largest producer and exporter of rice on the continent.

He noted that the cultivation of yam in Nigeria, via biotechnology, was no longer just for food but also as a raw material for industries.

On her part, Mrs Escadel noted that her visit was to discuss Nigeria’s participation at the forthcoming International Conference, Bio Habana 2022, scheduled to take place in Cuba from April 25 to April 29,  2022.

She commended the relationship between the two countries, noting the tremendous opportunities that abound in Nigeria.

Over the last two decades, Cuba has invested heavily in biotechnology centres, which might make the island economically competitive even amid restrictive efforts by its North American neighbour, the USA.

Despite its mainstay of tobacco, rum, and tourism, biotechnology has become one of its main concentrations.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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