The Minister of State for Science and Technology, Barrister Mohammed Abdullahi has said that the essence of the Science, Technology and Innovation Expo is to enable science and technology contribute effectively to the overall economic recovery of the country in tandem with the National Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) 2017-2020.
Barrister Abdullahi said this in a welcome address delivered at the opening ceremony of the Science, Technology and Innovation Expo 2020 held at eagle square, Abuja on Monday.
The Expo, he explained, was designed to encourage interactions between researchers and investors, and bring to fore the capabilities of Nigerian scientists, engineers, investors and innovators towards facilitating growth in Science, Technology and Innovation.
Barrister Abdullahi commended President Muhammadu Buhari for allowing science, technology and innovation to gain foothold in the drive towards economic growth and development of our dear nation. The decision is laudable as it is the only way that Nigeria can be great, he added.
In his words’’ No nation can achieve greatness without enhancing Science, Technology and Innovation’’.
He further said that the Ministry and its parastatals support his campaign of using the instrument of science, technology and innovation to drive the national economy to the next level through economic diversification strategy and programmes in the wake of dwindling oil revenue.
The Minister also commended researchers, inventors and innovators across the country and beyond the shores of the nation who came to showcase their products adding that it takes great courage to bring to the fore the products of their research to scrutiny of the public.
For: DD (Press and PR)
16th March, 2020