The Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, has called on inventors and innovators to make their inventions and innovations available for patent rights.
Onu made the call during the commemoration of the African Day for Technology and Intellectual Property organised by the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion NOTAP in Abuja.
The event is in compliance with the resolution by the Organisation of African Unity OAU, now African Union AU, in July 1999 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and September 13th was earmarked the celebration of the day.
The minister said that the nation had progressed from six patents in 2015 to 50 in 2017.
The Director-General of NOTAP, Dan-Azumi Ibrahim, said that the days when everything was imported into the country were over.
He said that Africa has a future as long as the youths were encouraged to be innovative and creative.