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Minister urges nigerians to embrace new environment related technologies

NAN-H-51 Environment Abuja, Aug. 7, 2012 (NAN)

mrs hadiza ibrahim mailafiaThe Minister of Environment, Hajia Hadiza Mailafia, has urged Nigerians to embrace the new technologies springing up to address environmental challenges.Mailafia made the call in Abuja on Tuesday at a one day national Inception/Awareness workshop on Nano safety.`Nano-science’ is the study of phenomenon and the manipulation of atomic, molecule and macromolecular scales where properties differ significantly from those at large scales. Nano-technology is an enabling technology that is expected to result in major changes across many industry sectors

and to contribute to novel materials, devices and products.She said nano-technology was an emerging global issue that involves the study of particles that exhibit special properties, which had proved to be of immense use in various sectors of national development.According to her, though, the benefits of nano technology is enormous, the global concern is how do countries ensure that both people and the environment will be protected from materials employed in its products.Mailafia said the workshop would provide a platform to educate key players to ensure that Nigeria maintained a lead necessary within its territory and Africa as a region.She said that environmental issues was a shared responsibility by all, explaining that the role of all stakeholders were imperative to maintain, tap knowledge and benefits provided by novel chemicals for national development.The minister was represented by Mr Taiye Haruna, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry.Mrs Olufunke Babade, the Director, pollution, Control and Environmental Health in the ministry, commended the government of Switzerland as well as the UNITAR for providing funds for the pilot project on nano safety in Nigeria.Babade expressed the commitment of the department to collaborate with all relevant stakeholders to achieve the goal of developing nano technology in Nigeria.NAN reports that the pilot project on training and capacity building for the development of nano technology is funded by UNITAR and Swiss government in three developing countries.The countries are; Nigeria, Uruguay and Thailand. (NAN)



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