The Minister of  Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu says Nigeria will join the world-wide efforts to study the Atlantic Ocean because of its potential benefits to the human race.
Dr. Onu disclosed this at the opening ceremony of the 5th High level Industry, Science and Government dialogue on the Atlantic Interactions held at Eko Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos.
According to Dr. Onu, the study of the Atlantic  Ocean will facilitate the creation  of wealth and job which will go  a long way to reduce poverty in the economy.
The Minister further said that the study of the Atlantic Ocean will cement mutual relations among nations as well as solve environmental problems.
Other benefits of Atlantic Ocean study, he added are mitigation of global warming and climate change, adding that it will also give hope to Nigerians  whose livelihood depends on the Atlantic  Ocean, thereby promoting peaceful co-existence among nations.
“We are convinced that if efficiently exploited, the Atlantic Ocean can provide for our needs.  We shall therefore be prepared to  handover a clean Atlantic to our children” he said.
Dr. Onu called on Scientists, Engineers and other professionals to use their knowledge of space, the atmosphere, oceans, climate, energy and Big Data to deepen the study of Atlantic Ocean.
In his goodwill message  the Minister of Communication, Dr. Adebayo Shittu stressed the  need to invest more in broadband infrastructure deployment, adding that the next frontier for communication in Nigeria is BROADBAND.
According to Dr. Shittu, Nigeria currently has five international submarine cable and landing station services operators with a sector’s investment put at over $70 billion.
In the years to come, he said, telecom contribution to GDP would  experience increase as a result of broadband availability.
Dr. Shittu praised the Minister of Science and Technology for evolving policy to take Nigeria from a commodity based to a knowledge -based economy.
AbdulGaniiyu Aminu