The federal government has agreed to partner with the Republic of Ecuador on Agricultural research and Space technology for the detection and control of oil spillage in the Niger Delta region.
The Ambassador of the Republic of Ecuador, Leapoldo Verdeso reached the agreement when he paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu in Abuja.
“We have research institute in the same field, we are in the same tropical zone, we have scientists that have developed methodology on how to localize oil spills and pollution of hydrocarbon to satellite images,” said the Verdeso.
He said that his country was interested in sharing methodology on how to detect oil spills using satellite images and knowledge on agricultural research.
In his remarks, the Minister of Science and Technology stated that “the cleanup of the Niger Delta area is very important to this administration and stressed that the administration is committed to ensure that mangrove Forest are restored and our people have access to clean water that are around them”.
Dr. Onu noted that the Agriculture is 90 per cent science and technology hence the partnership would reduce food wastage and make food available all year round.
“We work closely with Federal Ministry of Environment to preserve our environment and reduce poverty” he noted.
He further remarked that the request coming from Ecuador is timely in view of the commitment of the Buhari Administration to ensure that Nigeria is able to feed itself, diversify the economy , create wealth an reduce poverty.
He commended the gesture from the Ambassador noting it is a confirmation of the long standing relationships between the two countries.