The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has posited that the future of Nigeria lies in the deployment of science and technology in all spheres of national life.
Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu at the event launched a wooden made car at the science and Technology innovation expo 2017 held at the Eagle square in Abuja
The minister who drove in to the premises with the two seater open roof car said it feat recorded by a Nigerian is testament to the talent of Nigerians and the invention further showcases local talents and innovators and inventors which this year’s edition of Science and
Technology Expo is all about.
In his speech, the minister further said that the Technology Expo 2017 is first of its kind, and it attracts innovators and inventors from across the country to demonstrate the country’s capacity in modern technology.
The minister explaining why the ministry opted for an Expo instead of a Fair, added that Fair deals with finished products while Expo is targeted at research and findings that were desirable and have reached a level where their intellectual property is protected but have not been developed and put in the market place. “”It is not a trade fair but a platform for inventors, innovators and researchers, the event offers us an opportunity to believe in ourselves again”, Dr. Onu said.
In his word “the 2017 Science and Technology Expo will not have finished products on display and if there are any, they willbe rare and will have a link with the objective of the Expo,”
Dr. Onu urge Nigerians to patronize made in Nigeria products in order to encourage them to do more, adding that, Nigeria has the capacity to attain greater height.
Dr. Onu expressed confidence in the ability of Nigerian scientists, innovators and inventors to lead the quest to diversify the economy to attain the needed growth and development.
He praised President Muhammadu Buhari for invigorating the science and technology sector by giving it the required attention.
Earlier, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology, Hon. Beni Lar said the Expo offers the opportunity to examine the country’s quest for development.
She explained that the science and technology sector requires “a good dose of restorative and regenerative therapies to engender growth in our economy, in this age of scientific revolution and mass production.
“It is common knowledge that Nigeria is abundantly blessed with natural resources in both vegetative and mineral forms, yet over the years our economy has been dominated by one mineral source, petroleum. Even the petro-chemical industry we bask in the euphoria of Nigeria’s greatness, because of low science and technological development in the country, we are yet to maximize our potentials in it”.
Hon. Lar said with science and technology growing at a high speed across the world, Nigeria cannot afford to be left behind.
“To avoid the ugly scenario of being left behind, we need to increase investment in science and technology. This can only be achieved by through creation of awareness, conscientization and education of our people on the importance of science and technology”, she added.
The high points of the opening ceremony of the Expo were the presentation of Presidential Awards to the winners of the 774 Young Nigerian Scientists Presidential Award to Master Adedipe Oluwatosin of Ekiti State who emerged first positions. Master Godwin Yamusa Shitta of FCT and Master Babatunde Ayoola Olaoluwa of Kwara State emerged second and third respectively.
The Expo is expected to end on Friday.