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Consumerism: Nigeria seeks ban on imported products to protect indigenous inventions, boost production

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*Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora, Honourable Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, in the State House, in Abuja, says such a measure will protect indigenous inventions and increase locally-produced goods, as the Ministry is ‘constrained to take research outputs to the market’

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In a move to promote industrialisation, import substitution, and increase indigenous research outputs in the Nigerian markets, the Federal Government is advocating a total ban on importation of foreign products that can be produced locally.

ConsumerConnect reports Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora, Honourable Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, who spoke at the Ministerial Media Briefing series told reporters at the State House, in Abuja, FCT, that the measure would protect indigenous inventions.

Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media Nad Publicity (l) and Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora, Honourable Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, and Other Officials at Ministerial Media Briefing, in the State House, in Abuja, FCT

Mamora, at the briefing anchored by the Presidential Communications Team, also lamented that most of the inventions by agencies under his  Ministry, are sadly, lying in dusty shelves due to lack of investors to turn them into products.

According to him, the Ministry of Science,

Technology and Innovation is constrained to take research outputs to the market.

He also stated as the Ministry continues to engage relevant stakeholders, it is also considering a piece of legislation that would compel protection of inventions before pushing them to the market.

Core challenges in taking research outputs to markets

As regards what his Ministry had done with previous research outputs, Dr. Mamora said: “What do we do with all these inventions? It’s a question that we have also been pondering about.

“It will interest you that virtually, all our agencies have come up with one invention or the other.”

The Minister declared that “the challenge has always been taking these research outputs to the market.

“Until and unless we are able to take them to the market, we would not be seen to have been able to do something.”

Going forward

The Minister said what “we need to do more in terms of having that handshake between research institutions and market through investors and those who are interested  – people that move around with their capital and would want to invest.

“So, it’s a challenge that we know we are still facing, which we will need to do more.”

He as well noted: “We have so many outputs that are still gathering dust in shelves in various agencies.

“So, what we are doing is to continue to engage and have fora for these engagements.”

Mamora also emphasised the need for people to be aware of the inventions and desire them.

“We are also looking at how we can compel, as it were, a little bit of legislation that once these things are available.

“Particularly, if they are protected, we can just push them to the market,” he added.

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