Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has called on members of the Technical Advisory Committee to put the interest of the country first in the discharge of their duties to the country.
Onu made this call while inaugurating the first meeting of the committee yesterday in Abuja.
He reminded the Committee members that Nigeria as a nation first identified the important role of science and technology as far back as 1986 when it came up with the National Science Technology and Innovation Policy which was revised several times with the last revision taking place in 2013.
“It took 28 years on February 18, 2014 for the NRIC to be inaugurated. Yet this vital Council never met until January 7, 2016, 30 years after the policy came into existence for the council to hold its first meeting.
“It is important that we rededicate ourselves to greater love for our country and come up with decisions that will help guide the National Research and Innovation Council in its difficult but very important assignment of effectively directing research and innovation in our dear country,” he said.
Onu further reminded members of the promise of President Buhari to all Nigerians that he will support the development of science and Technology in the country and pledged to secure the nation, grow the economy, provide jobs for the people and uphold the rule of law, adding that it can only be achieved if the committee gives utmost commitment to its assignment.
He explained that Membership of the Technical Advisory Committee is made up of fifteen ministries of the Federal Government and the representatives of the Organized Private Sector under the Chairmanship of the Minister of Science and Technology.
The ministries are: Science and Technology, Information, Communication Technology, Agriculture and Rural Development. Others are Trade and Investment, Education, Health, Works, Finance, Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Petroleum Resources, Environment, and Water Resources.
He therefore urged the Committee to also ensure, through its dedication, commitment and wealth of experience that the dream of making Nigeria become the technological hub of Africa is realized speedily within the shortest possible time.

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