Israel says it will continue to support innovative young Nigerians by developing their innovative ideas towards the industrialization of the country in particular, and Africa in general.
Mr. Yotam Kreiman, Israel Chargé d’Affaires in Nigeria, made this known in his speech at the two-day closing ceremony of the Innovation Fellowship Program for Emerging Inventors and Researchers (i-FAIR).
The program, which started on December 1, was organized by the Embassy, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President and Skill G Ltd., Gregory University, and DeNovo, private sector organizations.
He congratulated the participants of the i-FAIR 2021/21 for the completion of the innovation agenda amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, while praising Mr. Shimon Ben-Shoshan, former Ambassador of Israel in Nigeria, for his efforts.
“I-FAIR is a platform committed to supporting innovative Nigerians, especially young people, in turning their ideas into inventions that will lead to inclusive and sustainable industrialization in Africa.
“The initiative was created through the partnership of Israel, Skill-G, and the Federal Government, to establish an innovation ecosystem in Nigeria.
“The objective of this initiative is to identify the potential, as well as the gaps between prospects, successes and subsequently to close those gaps, after a 9-month program by Israel and Nigeria.
“The I-FAIR initiative has produced 34 start-ups, which have reached the stage of development of prototypes, to meet the needs of the market in the fields of safety, food technology, medical simulators, green energy/renewables, and social responsibility.
“Israel hopes to inspire Nigeria’s start-up work, the creativity and commitment of our fellows, mentors, experts, and partners have played to make the connection between innovative ideas and reality,” he said.
In a remark, Mr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, congratulated the organizers for the initiative, saying that it would further deepen scientific and technological relations between the two countries.
According to him, the ministry will play its role to ensure the full achievement of i-FAIR’s objectives.
Onu said: “We also commend the Israeli Embassy for all that you have done in this country; this is a clear example of your interest in ensuring that knowledge is transferred.
“When I arrived in December, experts from Israel showed me around some of the equipment and I believe that relations between our two countries will continue to strengthen.
“The relationship is a relationship that will be of great benefit to Nigeria and Israel. “
Meanwhile, Professor Gregory Ibe, Managing Director of the Skill “G” organization, expressed gratitude to the Israeli Embassy and the Federal Government for contributing to the success.
“In all strata of our Nigerian society, we are dealing with one person and that person is made up of human beings.
“We are all blessed, have talent and somehow we die with it, because we have no place to let off steam, maybe suck or make ideas come true and that’s it. what the “G” skill is, “said Ibe.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the program, with the theme; “Turning ideas into inventions” focuses on agriculture, health, education, energy, and homeland security. (NAA).
By – By Fortune Abang
Source – nnn.ng