Buhari admits COVID-19 exposed Nigeria’s technology deficit

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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Tuesday said the COVID-19 pandemic exposed the technology   and   innovation gap between Nigeria and   the developed world.

He however said the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure was strategically positioned to fill the gap.

According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, titled “President Buhari directs NASENI to bridge gaps in COVID-19 research, technology,” Buhari spoke at a meeting with the Board of NASENI at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The President said: “The countries that are at the forefront of economic recovery have only   one   thing   in   common: investment   and   sustained research   and development   work   in   knowledge   economy.

“COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the   Technology and innovation gap between us and the developed World, which NASENI is strategically positioned to fill.’’

“However, in order to realise its full   potential, NASENI must be empowered   through the provision of adequate financial, human and material resources and be given the autonomy and independence to forge international partnerships to acquire the relevant technologies for socio-economic and industrial advancement of the country.

Obiano’s aide arrested over COVID-19 breakout rumour in Govt House

Also, the police in Anambra State have arrested Emeka Chinwuba, an aide to  the Anambra State  Governor,  for circulating fake information on COVID-19 scare at Government House, Awka.

Chinwuba was paraded on Monday at the Anambra State Police Command headquarters.

Chinwuba had on 15 January allegedly circulated information on social media, stating that there was COVID-19 scare in the Anambra State government House.

He also alleged that no fewer than 30 government officials had contracted the disease.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, said  the 56 year-old suspect  was arrested following the command’s  investigation that required his explanation on the role he  allegedly played in the misinformation.

Mohammed said series of other false information were also circulated.

The PPRO added, “The allegations require proof and the police intend to get to the root of the matter. The involvement of the suspect so far is to the extent that the circulation of the information has been traced to him. He therefore has a duty to explain either his direct involvement in authoring it or otherwise.”

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