The Federal Government is soon to upscale its pilot projects of Waste –to-Wealth in the six geopolitical zones of the country.
The Minister of Science of Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu disclosed this when the Abia Sate Commissioner for Science and Technology, Chief Fabian Nwankwo paid him a courtesy call in his office during the week.
According to Dr. Onu, the Wealth-to-Wealth programme was conceived using appropriate indigenous technology to convert waste to wealth, and ensure sustainable management of waste in the country.
The programme, he added, will also accelerate an inclusive socio economic development through entrepreneurship to create employment, wealth and healthy environment for the citizens.
Dr. Onu also called for the establishment of Ministry of Science and Technology in all the states as it is critical to the industrialization and development of the country.
Dr. Onu stressed the need for states to recognize the primary role of science and technology to ensure rapid industrialization.
The Ministry he added, is also working with Federal Ministry of Education to ensure that science subjects are taught in local languages at primary level as children will learn faster if they are taught in their mother’s tongue. Teaching pupils in mother tongues will, according to the Minister, lay the foundation for Nigeria to produce Noble laureates in the Sciences.
The Ministry , he further said, is developing policy thrust on leather technology and also create a platform for Nigerian Institute of Leather Technology, Zaria to work closely with shoe manufacturers in Aba, adding that ”we are interested in educating our entrepreneurs to be the best”.
Dr. Onu invited the commissioner to attend a workshop on leather technology scheduled to hold in Aba on 3rd April, 2018 and also called on him to always attend the annual National Council on Science as it is a platform for stakeholders in the science sector to access the developments in the Science and Technology sector.
He said that this will also help the Ministries in the state to get entrepreneurs to commercialize research findings so as to create jobs , fight poverty and industrialize the zones.,
Earlier, the Abia State Commissioner of Science and Technology, Chief Fabian Nwankwo appealed to the Federal Ministry to expedite work on Waste-to-Wealth project in Aba.
The state, he added, will also like to partner with the Ministry on leather production, technology incubation as well as capacity building.

AbdulGaniyu Aminu
Head, Press & Public Relations Unit
March 21st, 2018