The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has commended the President of Africa Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adeshina for successfully paddling the affairs of the organization .
The Minister gave the commendation when the African Development Bank Technical Mission on Nigeria Country Strategy Paper paid a courtesy call on him on April 8, 2019, in Abuja.
Dr, Onu however charged the ADB to work harder to solve the developmental challenges facing the continent.
Dr. Onu bemoaned the fate of Africa which he described as that of hunger, poverty and diseases, adding that this must not be allowed to continue.
It is high time, according to the Minister, that Africa utilized her enormous resources through Science and Technology to develop the continent.
The scenario of African youths struggling desperately to cross the Mediterranean Sea and the Sahara Desert to reach Europe is a sad reminder of the state of things in Africa, Dr. Onu added.
The bad trend, Dr. Onu insisted, can only be arrested with the application of science, technology and innovation to convert African’s enormous resources into products and services to meet the needs of the people.
According to the Minister, the new Economic Recovering and Growth Plan (ERGP- 2017-2030) of the federal government recognizes Science, Technology and Innovation as crucial in driving all sectors of the economy.
Dr. Onu charged the ADB delegation to continue to work very hard in the development of Africa, adding that the Ministry of Science and Technology will work closely with the bank to develop the Country Strategy Paper 2020-2024.
Earlier, the Country Operations Manager of ADB, Dodji Lawson Zankili said the visit is part of a consultative process to seek the inputs that would guide the implementation of Nigeria Country strategic paper 2020-2004 as it relates to science and technology.
According to him, the last Country strategy paper 2013-2019 will expire this year.
Head; Press and Public Relations Unit
8th April, 2019