Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has said that Nigeria cannot continue to be a consuming nation that depends on other countries for her basic needs, adding that it was difficult to comprehend that a greatly endowed nation like Nigerian would export crude oil and import refined oil, export wood and import toothpicks.
This was contained in a press release issued by the chief press secretary to the minister, Mr. Taye Akinyemi, when the minister met directors general of agencies under the ministry in his office in Abuja on Tuesday.
Onu instructed the directors general to become agents of change that the Buhari administration had promised Nigeria and the change that Nigeria deserved in all ramifications.
He also reminded the DGs to recall the promises made to Nigerians by government in the areas of security, the economy and the rule of law.
“The successful tackling and resolving these key issues which hitherto have been holding back our progress as a nation is the major challenge before the science and technology sector,” he said.
However, while speaking with the officials, he emphasised the need for patenting of their products, secure inventions and not to lose sight of the yam pounder invention in Nigeria, which was eventually taken out by another country, mass produced with no benefit going to the inventor and Nigeria as a nation.
Dr. Onu finally called on the officials to keep the ministry abreast of their achievements so that members of the public could become adequately informed not only about the contributions and achievements of the ministry, but also its relevance in making the country become a great nation, as “no nation can attain greatness without science and technology.”
The DGs in their various contributions assured the minister of their preparedness to meet and tackle the challenges facing the nation in line with their mandates, energise the abundant and credible human resources at their disposal for national development.
They also promised to develop a sustainable synergy between them and the supervising ministry on the other hand.

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