The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology is to assist Nigerian youths to become innovative entrepreneurs through its various Science,Technology and Innovation programmes.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Nabasu disclosed this when he received a delegation of Northern Youths Council of Nigeria ( NYCN) who paid him a courtesy call in his office on Thursday in Abuja.

According to Nabasu, Nigerian youths should take advantage of the Presidential Executive Order 5 which was designed to promote local content and accord priority to Nigerian professionals in the award of contracts in Science Engineering and Technology.

The Permanent Secretary further said that Nigerian youths should leverage on the technology incubation, solar energy, production of transformers and Leather Science Technology programmes etc, of the Ministry, to become entrepreneurs and employers of labour rather than salary earners.

The Ministry’s doors, he added, are opened to any serious youth, adding that professionals in the Ministry would be too willing to give them training on start- up Innovation, Science and Technology entrepreneurship and others.

Nabasu also appealed to Northern youths to fight anti- social activities like kidnapping, thuggery banditry and religious intolerance.

The Permanent Secretary said since 60% of Nigerian population was made up of youths, he urged them, as future leaders, to rise above board and exude exemplary lifestyles.

Nabasu also said that’’ if Nigeria must remain as one indivisible entity, bridge – building rather than divisible tendencies should be championed by everybody’’.

He assured the delegation of the Federal Government’s commitment to align with Nigerian youths in forging a common front for political and economic development of Nigeria.

Nabasu also commended the Northern Youths Council of Nigeria for its pragmatic advocacy towards nation building and for honouring him with the award of Wakilin Matassan Arewa.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the Vice President National Affairs Northern Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Barrister Abdulmalik Alfa, said that the Council had initiated advocacy campaigns against social vices across the six geo- political zones in Nigeria.

The Council, he added, also partnered with the Centre for Entrepreneurship in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria to train Northern youths to be self- reliant.

AbdulGaniyu Aminu

Head of Press and Public Relations (FMST)