COURTESY VISIT BY GREEN CENTRE FOR ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE PRACTITIONERS (GREEN ACADEMY), AT THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, ABUJA, ON THURSDAY, 01-06-2017

Protocol:

We warmly welcome you to the Headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, we are very happy to receive you. We have very cordial and warm relationship between Nigeria and China. Nigeria and China share a number of things in common; China is the most populous nation in Asia and also the most populous nation in the world, Nigeria is the most populous nation in Africa. China is the second largest economy in the world but the largest economy in Asia but Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa. So there are so many things we have in common and we have very warm bilateral relationship.

The President of Nigeria visited China last year, I was in that delegation. I was in China twice, I went to China earlier in the year and then also, the President wanted me to accompany him. So you can see we have a lot of likeness for China. While I was in China earlier in 2016, I met with the Chinese Minister of Science and Technology.

I really thank you for this and I want to apologise because we were supposed to meet yesterday, but because we had our Federal Executive Council meeting, that was a little bit prolonged and there were subsequent meetings and so on, I had to quickly send a message apologising that we couldn’t make it. So we thank you for coming back today and to meet with us.

I want to assure you that we will give every support. We will cooperate with you in the areas that you have mentioned. The Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency has its headquarters in Lagos. It is doing a lot of work for Nigeria which will have tremendous implications for the world, because Nigeria has bio diversity in the areas of natural medicine in terms of our leaves, shrubs, trees, roots, trunks and all that. So far we have being having very encouraging results. We are using our natural medicine to find cure for certain diseases like epilepsy. We are also using natural medicine to find a way to tackle sickle cell anaemia. Sickle cell anaemia may not be common in China, but it is common amongst countries that have black people all over the world and so many other areas.

So, there are so many areas of cooperation. China has a very advanced technology in natural medicine application. You harvest, process and market many of your natural products all over the world. Nigeria also, we intend to start doing that. So by working, cooperating and also collaborating with you, we can exchange information. There is a lot that you can learn from us and there is also a lot that we can learn from you. In that process, it will be good for China, it will be good for Nigeria, it will be good for the world.

We must find alternative means of health care because many of the drugs that we now use in the world today, they have a lot of side effects and natural medicine gives us the possibility of producing remedies that may not have such toxic side effects. So that is why it is important that research and developmental work and innovation should go on in natural medicine, and we encourage this. The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology is working hard to make sure that all our natural products are first properly utilised in trying to find remedies for many of the illnesses that we have in the country and also for industrial application.

We thank you for this visit and you mentioned NABDA. NABDA is one of the agencies, we have 17 of such Agencies under the supervision of our Ministry and if you show interest in any of them, we will be very happy to make sure that whatever interest you have, provided it is in the best interest of both China and Nigeria, we will support it from this office. You will get what you need. Also, I will like to use this opportunity to invite the investors that the Vice President introduced to us to come into Nigeria and show interest in commercialising many of our research findings. We’ve done a lot of work in our 17 Research Institutes. From what you have mentioned here, you are into so many fields and the bulk of the rick, we have already taken.

So we will be willing to work with you and give you that technology so that you can make more money, but we want you to manufacture here in Nigeria, at least to help us in job creation. And you have a very large market; Nigeria is the largest market in Africa and then, the Chinese market is the largest in the world. So by the time you satisfy the Nigeria market and the Chinese market, I think there will be too much money in your pocket.

So we thank you and we wish you safe journey when you are going back to China. We missed you during the expo, but the expo was very successful. We had people also from outside Nigeria and even from outside Africa but I am sure may be the ones we will hold in future, it will be possible for you to attend.

So we thank you so much for the visit.



Transcribed by Nutsu Jojo Cyril



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