The Federal Government is to assist Nigerians artisans with credit facilities to enable them buy the necessary tools for their trade

The Minister of Science, Dr. Ogbonnaya  Onu made the pledge while fielding questions from journalists at the 16th National Council on Science and Technical (NCST) on Thursday  25thOctober, 2018 in Lafia, Nasarawa State.

Dr. Onu also called on the private sector to assist the government in this endeavor.

Speaking on the theme of the conference, “Enhancing Nigeria’s Competitiveness in all sectors of the economy through effective Development of Science, Technology and Innovation”, Dr. Onu said that Science, Technology and Innovation play a critical role in the industrialization and sustainable economic development of any nation.

According to The minister, “it does not only influence a country’s level of development but also determine its international competitiveness and ranking in the world of economy.

Dr. Onu further pledged to assist the Nasarawa state government in the area of Science, Technology and Innovation by enhancing its solar-powered ICT laboratory to assist the teaching and learning of technical education in the state.

According to the Minister, a committee will be set up between the Nasarawa state government and the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology to take a critical look at all the possible areas   of technical assistance and collaboration.

Earlier, the Governor   Nasarawa state, His Excellency, Tanko Al-makura had appealed to the Federal government to add value to the technical Component on the solar –powered ICT laboratory with assorted computer system for the training of special (disabled) Children.

The Governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Silas Aliyu Agara also appealed to participants at the meeting to passionately brainstorm   on critical issues affecting the growth and development of science, technology and innovation in order to identify challenges and prospects and recommend to government appropriate measures to address them.

Edet E. Etuk

Assistant Chief Information Officer

For DD (Press)

26th October, 2018