Ita Okon Bassey Ewa, the Minister of Science and Technology has charged scientist and researchers to explore to the fullest the Intellectual Property Right (IPR) when carrying out technology research and innovation.
Ita Okon said that IPR has become part of the indices used to measure nations’ development while noting that the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) is also progress in promoting IPR.
The Minister, who spoke at the opening ceremony of a one-day workshop on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) for Federal Ministry of Science and Technology (FMST) and its Parastatals, added that, ”Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) is an important issue especially patents for scientists and researchers and is gaining more and more recognition internationally.”
He also commended NOTAP for putting up the workshop at a time the present administration is according science and technology its rightful position in the Transformation Agenda towards attaining vision 20:2020.
In a similar vein, Umar Buba Bindir, Director-General of NOTAP also said that no nation of the world can be globally-competitive without a well-articulated and workable policy on science, technology and innovation.
Bindir is concerned that past Nigerian leaders paid lip-service to the development of science and technology. On the other hand, the passion and commitment of the present administration is according priority to science and technology.