Nigeria, Ireland to strengthen ties via technology

Sammie Idika, Lagos

Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu

The Nigerian Government and the Republic of Ireland have struck a deal to use technology transfer to actualise speedy development in Nigeria.

This was disclosed when the Nigerian Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu hosted the Irish ambassador to Nigeria, Sean Hoy, in Abuja.

The Irish ambassador said the deal was possible considering the cordial relationship that has existed between both countries since the pre-independence era.

 “The trade figure between Nigeria and Ireland last year was about 270 million Euros, but we are hoping that it is going to increase by the end of this year.

In the trade mission we had in December, over 50 million Euro contract was signed in that mission. So the relationship is going positively all the time,’’ Hoy said.

Irish ambassador to Nigeria, Sean Hoy
Irish ambassador to Nigeria, Sean Hoy

Online education
Hoy, who emphasised the importance of technology to Nigeria’s development stressed that Ireland had developed a very good online education and has teachers with good online certificates who can train people here in Nigeria.

 “The relationship between the ministry and Ireland is that we have to look for the opportunity to use technology for the development of Nigeria. We are able to say that Ireland is the only English speaking country in Europe with largest concentration of ICT companies,’’ Hoy added.

Closing technology gaps

The Minister of Science and Technology said Nigeria would partner with Ireland on technology transfer to ensure the actualisation of President Buhari’s ‘change agenda’.

He called on the Irish envoy to strengthen their relationship with Nigeria, adding that the ministry is working very hard to close technology gaps in the country and urged Irish companies to come into Nigeria.

‘‘We commend Irish missionaries who came to Nigeria to establish schools where many of our leaders here benefitted from.

It is good that we should talk about emphasis you place on education with good technology which helped you fight and defeat poverty,” Onu said.

He further stated that, “this is exactly what we want to do here. The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is poised at creating jobs and growing the economy, in addition to securing the nation and making sure that the rule of law is observed.’’