“Africa is now placing enormous attention on science and technology that will assist the continent to harness her material and human resources towards sustainable economic development”.
The Honourable Minister of Science and Technology Dr Ogbonnaya Onu disclosed this when the delegation of the African Union Scientific Technical and Research Commission with Impart Africa paid him a visit in his office today in Abuja.
According to the minister, Africa is poised to effectively utilize science and technology so as to shift focus from the negative reports that have been associated with the continent for so long as the face of hunger, poverty, illiteracy, and disease.
He said that Africa is the second largest continent in the world, and 80 % of industries in the world, are dependent on Africa for their raw materials. He noted that the continent is endowed with the longest river with lots of water resources and fertile land to cultivate and develop their economies.
Dr Onu stated that he is confident that as Africa begins to effectively explore and utilize science and technology, she will be able to erase the shame of our youths embarking on illegal migration, with catastrophic effects of sufferings and eventually avoidable deaths.
He noted that Egypt ruled the world because of science and technology, and doubled as a base for knowledge for the world to visit and emulate.
In his opening remarks the leader of the delegation, Dr Adams Otakwu, informed the minister of the Union’s efforts at encouraging science and technology through community based projects towards development of the continent.
He further intimated the minister on the upcoming African Development Summit scheduled to take place in Nigeria from the 9th_ 10th October, 2017. The area of focus is enhancing science and technology development in Africa and the role of the African Union Agenda 2063 and 2024 towards achieving socio-economic growth through community based and inclusive innovations.
He thereafter, requested for collaborations with the ministry to support the summit since, according to him science and technology is the key to Africa’s prosperity.
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