Dr. Onu Challenges Nigerian Youths on Science and Technology
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has challenged Nigerian youths to utilize science and technology for their self-empowerment and as a means for National development.
Dr. Onu made the call when he hosted the winner of World Mathematics Team Championship, Master Odedairo Oluwaferanmi, along with other award winners from the Nigerian Tulip International College on Tuesday 15th May, 2018 in his office in Abuja.
For the youths to utilize science and technology for development, they must embrace and excel in science subjects and convert their knowledge to products and services in science, technology and innovation.
According to Dr. Onu, the future of Nigeria lies in the youths, adding that the bulk of our population is made up of young people. No Nation he added, has ever become great without employing science and technology.
Dr. Onu said the talent of the youths can best be developed through exposure to both local and international competitions.
“That is why this young man and all others were sent out to compete with the best and come back home with goal medals which means that they were the best. It shows us that we have the necessary talents in Nigeria” he said.
Dr. Onu emphasized that the future of Nigeria depends on young people and called on them to convert our local raw materials to finished products through science and technology.
He said the present administration will ensure that Nigeria is not made a dumping ground for unwanted products from other countries.
While saying that Nigeria had abundant talents to become a great nation, he advised young Nigerians to make use of their God-given talents to grow the economy, create jobs and compete favourably with others from other countries.
He finally appealed to Nigerian parents to strive to educate their wards and encourage them to compete with others to bring out their best.
Earlier, the Managing Director of Nigerian Tulip International College, Mr. Orhan kentim said that the schools has obtained 90 international medals from various international competitions in this year’s academic session.
He said that the award is of great importance and is going to be a source of inspiration to many other students in Nigeria, adding that Nigerian students can compete favorably with their peers anywhere in the world.
Head, Press & Public Relations Unit
15th May, 2018