The Federal Government has awarded scholarship up to PhD Level to three Nigerian Students who came out on top at the 2018, 774 Young Nigerian Scientists Presidential Award.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo awarded the scholarship while presenting the presidential award to Master Idakwaoji Daniel Omonu from FCT who came 1st, Master Ajisafe Solomon from Ogun State who came 2nd and Master Akingbulugbe Oluwatobiloba from Ondo state who came 3rd, at the opening ceremony of the Techno-Expo 2018 in Abuja on 5th March, 2018.
Prof. Yemi Osinbajo stated that the Federal Government is to strengthen human innovation by partnering with Bank of Industry (BOI)to set up six technological hubs in each geographical zone and also build six Universities, one in each zone to fast track the development of indigenous technology.He also said that Nigeria is a land thirst for innovation and promised to support the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology to play its important function of creating the enabling environment for technological innovation and development.
Earlier, in his keynote address, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, stated that recent global events had shown that countries who heeded the injunctions of our creator by placing science and technology at the center of their development efforts have grown to become prosperous and powerful.
He added that Nigeria has the human resources that can help her surpass the achievements of advanced nations if we can break new frontiers that will create and nurture a better future for generations yet unborn.
“ I believe that with our huge population and vast natural resources, if we remain determined and focused, we can utilize the power of science and technology to become a technological leader in Africa and hence play a leading role in the global battle against poverty, diseases and illiteracy” he said.
Dr. Onu noted that with more hands on deck, Nigeria can build a stronger family that will be united in the common pursuit of deepening the depth and broadening the reach of science, technology and innovation in our economic diversification process, especially in the fast changing world.
The Secretary to the Federal Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha said that the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology is putting Nigeria on the map of greatness by bringing innovation and creativity in the development of Science and Technology.