Lady luck has smiled on some inventors in Nigeria as President Muhammadu Buhari’s government has awarded them 43 million naira to invest in their innovations.

The 43.5-million-naira grant was awarded through the Presidential Standing Committee on Inventions and Innovations, PSCII to 121 Nigerians in the informal sector who have distinguished themselves in creativity, inventiveness and innovations.

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnya Onu, presenting the grants, lauded the inventors’ intellectual prowess and charged the recipients to obtain patent for their inventions as a way of protecting their intellectual property.

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“If you have any problem in getting patent for your inventions get back to us, one of the agencies under the supervision of the Ministry of Science and Technology, The National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) can assist you.

“The Grant may not be all that you need to improve on your inventions and innovations but is an important recognition of your creativity, hard work and commitment to the realization of a dream that you have lived with for a long time.”

Recall that the federal government had last year released the sum of 70 million million naira to selected innovators under the same PSCII scheme.

Onu said that by transforming ideas into either a product or services in the marketplace, the inventors were creating wealth for themselves and the nation, adding that “this is the only way that our nation will become more self-reliant by reducing importation of goods and services from other countries.”

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