Onu Charge Defence Ministry to employ Science and technology innovations for their needs
Onu charge Nigerian Representative on Space Law Competition to make Nigeria proud
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has re-iterated the abundant human resources available in Nigeria and the endless capacity arising therefrom so that the youths will always excel when positively challenged to display the innate capacities they possess.
The Minister stated this when he received in his office a team of Law Students from the Obafemi Awolowo University who represented Nigeria at the Lacks Space Law Moot Court Competition in Pretoria South Africa and emerged Africa champion after competing with other universities across Africa.
Dr. Onu noted that Nigeria should participate in all technological events, “we need to recreate the values that make us great in the past, we should use our resources to recreate civilization because space is very important to mankind”.
The Minister congratulated the five times winner of the competition at the continental level and charged them to make Nigeria proud in Mexico by winning the crown. He also pledged to make contribution that will ensure their participation at the global event slated for Mexico later in the year.
Earlier, the Coach and faculty advisor of the team, Dr. Akinwale Orifowomo stated that the essence of the programme is to regulate human activities in space and to ensure that no country has the opportunity to appropriate to itself the natural resources in space.
Dr. Akinwale said that space is a promise to mankind and that this programme has provided opportunity for capacity building on issues, law and research on space activities.
The team which is made of Miss Toluwa Dada, Miss Irene Ekord and Mr. Timilehin Adekemi represented Nigeria at the event while previous events were attended by other students had represented Africa in Naples, Italy in 2012, Toronto, Canada in 2014, and Jerusalem Israel in 2015 respectively.
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As part of government determination to diversify the source of fuel and environmental management the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology will continue to collaborate with investors from across the globe who are willing to produce, do research and transfer technology
The Honourable Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu stated this while receiving the Chairman of an Israeli company DOR Chemical, Gil Danker is his office today
Dr, Onu stated that this would help us to utilize efficiently the enormous ans abundant natural gas resources in the country by producing methanol, produce fuel and diesel for the transport sector, protect our environment and grow the economy
“The biochemical would be very helpful in this respect, they would do research, they would produce in Nigeria, they would be able to transfer technology to our nation because what they are bringing is something new”.
“They want to help Nigeria move in the direction that other developing countries are moving, start diversifying the source of their fuel. Many developing countries now get their fuel from methanol we should also key- in because one is cheaper, it would help us to create jobs and protect our environment” The minister said.
According to Dr. Onu “Nigeria has a lot to benefit by moving from resource based economy to innovation based base economy which is technologically driven, we cannot continue to rely on just commodities and primary products for our economy.
We must add value to what we have and we also must close all technology gaps in the country, we are the largest economy in Africa we have the largest population in Africa, we should become more self-reliant, we must, as nation start producing the things that we need”.
The Minister noted that the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology is ready to welcome any investor that is ready to come to our country and help our economy.
The Chairman of Dor Chemicals, Gil Dankner stated that their main product is methanol which is produced from natural gas and is a basic product from which one can produce a lot of different products.
According to him, “In this world there are different products which were made of methanol, however methanol is a source for world clean energy both for transportation and can also be used for electricity generation”.
“You country has lot natural gas out of which you can produce methanol which is liquid which is much easier to store and transport , we see a huge potential for this economy” .
Gil Danker noted that “Methanol economy in Nigeria can reduce the cost of energy because methanol is cheaper than gasoline and diesel, it can improve the environment and create a lot of jobs in Nigeria”.
Methanol is mainly produced from Natural gas, and can also be produced from coal, Biomass and Carbon dioxide emissions. The use of methanol offers significant environmental benefits due to the reduced gaseous emissions to the atmosphere. It can used as fuel substitute in the internal combustion engines
Dor Group-General, established in 1957 is active in the petrochemical industry and alternative fuel for over 50years.
Onu Challenge African Leaders of development
African will realize its full potentials when leaders commit themselves to serving the interest of their nation and make the people the epicenter of development. When this is done it will be easy to seamlessly develop the continent and uplift it to enviable position among the continents of the world the Minister of Science and Technology Dr. Ogbonnya Onu has said.
The Minister stated this while delivering the fourth Convocation Lecture at the Nigerian Turkish Nile University in Abuja today with the theme “the effect of the emergence of All Progressive Congress (APC) on the promotion of world peace”
Dr Onu lamented that while “Africa is so rich that virtually all important minerals resources are found in commercial quantities on the continent African are so poor that many of them risk their lives and forgo their human dignity as they desperately struggle to leave their homeland for foreign lands in search of better life” .
The Minister noted that while people from other continents come to Africa, in large number, to take our resources to help develop their various nations and yet Africans cannot use the same resources in their various homes to develop their own countries for the happiness and prosperity of Africans.
According to Dr. Onu “such leaders stop at nothing to weaken and if possible to strangulate the opposition. This is so even in multi-party democracy where there are many political parties, the opposition; the opposition political parties are so weakened that one political party, the governing party, is so dominant as to produce virtually all the leaders in the country”
“In other to achieve this, they move very quickly to weakened and emasculate all other institution of state. With weak institution s they find it easier to deny their citizens the protection of their fundamental human right. The then manipulate elections such that votes no longer counts and the voters no longer mater as citizens can no longer exercise their basic right to select who governs them.
He expressed pain and discomfort on the tragedy that has befallen able bodied and promising young Africans who perish in the Mediterranean sea in the quest to seek a for better life in Europe.
According to the Minister, the sea of Europe has been painted red by the red blood of these Africans who are escaping from the effect of poor leadership in their countries, seeking to escape what is perceived a hopeless life for a rosy existence in European countries.
To him all hope is not lost taking a cue from the emergence of the president Buhari following the coalescing of major opposition political parties in Nigeria that lead to the emergence of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and subsequent winning and peaceful hand-over of power from a ruling party to end opposition party.
“This is standard for the continent of Africa and the world at large” and evidence that if Nigeria can do it, other countries in Africa have the potential to imbibe and adopt such peaceful process to national integration and development
The Vice-Chancellor of the university Prof., Huseyi Sert noted the university has made impressive stride in ensuring that it bring s out the best quality of education in the country.
The Executive Secretary of National University Commission (NUC) Prof Julius Okjie call for a policy that made sit mandatory for all private universities and secondary schools to provide accommodation for their students.