Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, has assured Nigerians that the ministry will strengthen the capacity for creative innovation and research in the science and technology sector.
He gave this assurance recently in Abuja when the Nigerian Academy of Science led by its President, Professor Oyewale Tomori, paid him a visit.
According to Onu, the ministry has commenced re-engineering process with a view to setting standards in programme implementation and change the national consciousness of Nigerians to embrace the sector.
He added that science and technology plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of youths and encouraged parents to support their wards to develop interest in the sector.
He assured Nigerians of the present administration’s determination to harness human and natural resources to build a better Nigeria by diversifying the economy, wealth and job creation, security and the rule of law through the application of innovations in science and technology.
“Though the National Research and Innovation Council, NRIC, was established over 30 years ago, it never met until January 7 this year and this means that there had been no effective coordination of all national efforts in the sector since that council was meant to appropriately move Nigeria forward in technological advancement.
“The NRIC chaired by the president with the secretariat domiciled in the ministry has 15 ministers as members with the opportunity of researchers and innovators from the public and private sectors drawing from the National Research and Innovation Fund when eventually established,” Onu explained.
He invited the academy to assist the ministry, as has been the practice in the past, in the production of the Science and Technology Journal.
Meanwhile, Tomori said Onu’s appointment has confirmed the importance and relevance of science and technology to national development.
“Through science and technology there is no doubt that Nigeria can reduce poverty, create wealth, diversify the economy and improve the security of life and property,” Tomori said.
He assured the minister of the support of the academy and urged him to harness the expertise available in the industry.

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