Nigeria, Cuba to strengthen cooperation on biotechnology development

Chioma Eche, Abuja

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The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu says Nigeria and the Republic of Cuba will strengthen cooperation in the area of biotechnology development.

Dr Onu stated this when he received the Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria, Clara Polido-Escandell, in his office in Abuja the nation’s capital.

The Minister said that the relationship between both countries would include research in vaccine production, medicine production and development of biotechnological materials.

He lauded the resilience of Cuba, despite being a small country slammed with international blockade and sanctions has been able to achieve landmark strides in COVID-19 vaccines.

Dr Onu further said that Cuban researchers and innovators have been able to produce medicine to manage diseases such as Meningitis which affects tropical African nations.

He described the relationship between both nations asWarm and strong, assuring the Cuban diplomat that Nigeria would stand on the principle of justice and will continue to be a dependable ally.

He used the opportunity to call on the Organised Private Sector to invest more in STI, as Nigeria has all it takes to be a world power in scientific innovations.

According to the Cuban Ambassador, Clara Pulido Escandell, her country is achieving remarkable strides and development in producing COVID-19 vaccines, especially considering its safety for children’s use and people with allergies adding that the country is willing to provide expertise and assistance to Nigeria in the development of STI.

She used the opportunity to appreciate Nigeria as a dependable and strong ally, especially at the international stage.