The Minister of Science of Technology Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has challenged Nigerian researchers to find curative and better ways of managing diseases that affect black people world over.
Dr, Onu gave the challenge at a meeting with the Permanent Secretary, Directors and Director-General of the agencies in the Ministry on 21st June, 2018 in Abuja.
He called on the agencies to come up with proposals that will meet both the immediate and future needs of our country. “We must target research and innovation efforts that can help us catch up with the advanced world”. “Through hard-work and commitment, we will over-take them.” He said.
According to Dr. Onu, “The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology (FMST) has a very important role to play in re-directing our nation to the path of true greatness”, He added that “the Economy Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) 2017-2020 has recognised Science , Technology and Innovation (STI) as playing a central role in the activities of all sectors of the economy”.
He further said that the Ministry is encouraging research and innovation in different areas, adding that “we are working hard to convert the outcome of these research and innovation into products and services needed by Nigerians”.
Nigeria he added will become self-reliant by producing locally many of the products we currently import from other countries. The effort will produce new entrepreneurs, who in turn will help in job creation as well as poverty eradication.
Earlier, in his welcome remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Bitrus Bako Nabasu enjoined all the Agencies to remain committed, dedicated, disciplined and resourceful in the execution of the duties/mandate of their Department/Agencies.
According to Mr Nabasu, “this is the only way through which Science and Technology sector can assist the administration in achieving its goals and through which the Ministry can reciprocate the recognition accorded the Science and Technology Government” .
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21st June, 2018