The Minister of science and Technology Dr.Ogbonnaya Onu says the 2020 budget of the Ministry would be ready by September in line with Presidential directives to return the budget to January-December fiscal  year meeting.

Dr. Onu disclosed this during his welcome address with the staff of the Ministry on Wednesday 21th August in Abuja.

Onu also said that the new policy framework in the Ministry would be in line with the Presidential directives of diversifying the economy, grow the economy, and fight corruption and insecurity.

In view of this, the Minister said his Ministry will endeavour to get its budget estimates ready so as to have a hitch free budget defence before the National Assembly.

He further stressed that the budget for the Ministry and Agencies should be ready before two weeks. “It is the most important priority for now” he added.

 The function of the Ministry and its Agencies he added would be streamlined so as to avoid over-lap of duties

Onu also stressed that he will work harmoniously with the Minister of state in order to achieve a good result for the best interest of the country.

The Minister charged the management to brace up for more work and demanded for their support and cooperation to take the Ministry to greater height.

Dr.Onu commended the Permanent Secretary, Mr Bitrus Bako, Directors of the Ministry and DGS of the Agencies for handling the affairs of the Ministry.

Earlier, The Permanent Secretary Mr.Bitrus Bako said the inauguration of the cabinet is special for the Ministry because for a very long time the Ministry has not had a Minister of state.

AbdulGhaniyu Aminu

Head (Press and PR)

21ST AUGUST 2019