FG grants N5 million to young innovators

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Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation has granted the sum of five million naira to students of Marist College, Yangoji, Abuja, for inventing the Sensebox and Aquabot devices, which are monitoring devices for air and water pollution.

The presentation was made by the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu in his office on Tuesday in Abuja.

The minister said that with the feat achieved by the students, Nigeria was well positioned to become a hub for creativity.

He added that Nigeria would meet all her needs, rely less on import and create wealth for the nation once becoming a creativity hub.

On intellectual property protection, he added that the Ministry would patent the key innovation through one of its agencies; the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP).

He further said that the patenting would come at no cost to the school.

Dr Onu appealed to parents to motivate their children, and make sure they inculcate values of hardwork, respect and commitment which is the foundation of every child.

He urged the students to fly the Nigerian flag high at the upcoming virtual Students for Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) competition on the 13th of August this year.

Earlier the President/CEO of the research team for Aquabot, Mabocha Sharon who is a SS3 student of Marist College said they were seeking the support of the ministry to patent their innovation.

She also added that they needed financial support to help develop their innovation, build science laboratory that could benefit other students.

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