FEDERAL Ministry of science and Technology has said it is working assiduously to redirects the country’s economy through the utilization of science and technology for sustainable national development. The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu made this disclosure while receiving the delegation of Lantang Joint Traditional Council, Plateau State in his office in Abuja, recently. Onu while addressing the Council’s delegation stated that the Ministry is focusing her attention on commercialization of local products that will in turn aid in the diversification of the economy in key sectors.
He reiterated government efforts in redirecting Nigeria’s resource based economy in the oil and gas sector, to knowledge based economy by getting Nigerians to become more productive on issues that will add value to the exploitation of the natural resources of our nation. “When we embark on harnessing these resources using science and technology in local production, we will be able to provide jobs, create wealth and fight poverty in Nigeria,” he said He urged the youths in Nigeria to embrace science and technology because the future of the nation rest on science and technology, also pledged his support for the Lantang Traditional Council. In his opening remarks, the Acting President of the Lantang Joint Traditional Council, His Royal Highness Nimnan Langnim, said that the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology under Onu’s watch is building a great foundation that will land Nigeria in the Comity of Nations of the world. Langnim, also appealed to Nigerians to refrain from making hate speeches that can create disaffection and disunity in the country in order not for history to repeat itself. Meanwhile, the Syrian out- going Head of Mission and Charge d’Affaires of the Syrian Embassy Dr Shafik Daiyop also paid a courtesy visit to the Honourable Minister today. In his address, Dr Daiyop informed the Honourable Minister that the aim of his visit was to express and affirm the readiness of the Syrian government to support Nigeria in the area of science and technology towards nation building. He also said that defeating terrorism in Syria and Iraq would benefit the world at large. Responding to that, Onu said that if Nigeria can effectively and efficiently utilize the enormous natural resources in her domain, she would be of help to other nations of the world. He also said that Nigeria is in position to play a vital role in the peace process of other nations by deploying science and technology to create enough wealth to assume such role.

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