The Federal Government has granted full scholarship up to Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) level    to three young scientists who came tops at the 2018 Young Nigerian Scientists Presidential Award Competition.

 President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed this while declaring open the Technology and Innovation Expo 2019 in Enugu, South East Nigeria on 14th January, 2019.

President Buhari, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapher commended the creativity and competitive spirit of the successful Candidates-Master Okeke favour Obianuju from the Federal Capital Territory, Master Fafemi Fisayo Daniel from Kwara State and Master Joshua John Mark from Akwa Ibom State who emerged first, second and third respectively.

According to the president, Nigerian greatest resource is human capital, adding that this administration will continue to support human resources development which is richly embodied in our youth who make up tens of millions of incredible talented persons, constantly pushing and striving towards greatness.

 “The future of Nigerians belongs to our youths and it behoves on government to create the enabling environment for them to develop to the fullest their potentials. We will harness their energy and their talents to make Nigeria achieve true greatness” he added.

“It is my conviction that we need the effective promotion and application of science and technology to take Nigeria to the next level of prosperous, strong and stable country. This we can only achieve by deploying innovations in science and technology to improve on our existing and new infrastructure, fighting corruption and poverty, improvement in national security, promotion of job creation and encourage local and foreign investment “he stated.

Speaking further, the President said that “the government will support   the creation of invention funds to strengthen Research and Development, training programmes and partnership with tertiary institutions, technical schools and trade centers in the area of research. To this end, the National Science Research and innovation Fund is being considered to remove grey areas for the passage into law”.

Earlier, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu had said that the present administration is moving Nigeria to a new direction of a knowledge-based economy that is innovation driven.

“Many of our research findings are now products available in the market place for our people to buy and use.  We now make sure that the research we do focus on urgent   national needs”

The Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwaunyi, and all the top executives of the states including all the stakeholders in science and technology sector attended the opening ceremony.

AbdulGaniyu Aminu

Head: Press and Public Relations Unit

14th January, 2019