Minister tasks youths to embrace technological innovations to build socio-economic progress

Posted by News Express | 12 December 2020 | 617 times

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•Science and Technology Minister, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu

 

By CHARLES IWUOHA

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has tasked youths to embrace technological innovations to build sustainable socio-economic progress and development.

Onu gave the task on Friday in Enugu during the “Nzuko Oha Ndi Ntorobia Igbo 2020”, organised by the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing Worldwide.

The minister said that Nigerian youths must embrace science, technology and innovation since the richest people in the world, as of now, made their money through technological innovations and programmes.

According to him, “I want you (youths) to be like them. There should be no doubt in your mind, that you can do this. You can do it, because those who have succeeded are human beings like you.”

Onu further said: “This can only be achieved through the effective deployment of science, technology and innovation and I encourage all our youths to embrace Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).

“Our desire as a nation to diversify our economy, build our infrastructure, improve our schools and hospitals, strengthen our currency, feed our people, generate enough jobs, defeat poverty and secure our nation, can only be achieved through effective utilisation of science and technology.”

The minister said that youths must help the nation in the war to gain true economic independence, adding that the mistakes of the past of having low productivity and innovative stance must be corrected.

“The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is determined to ensure that many of the things imported into the country are produced locally. Nigeria is blessed with an abundance of natural resources.

“We need to ensure that we can convert these enormous natural resources, that are found in all parts of the country, into products and services that we need at home.

“When we are able to produce most of our needs at home and export the surplus to other nations, we will win the war for economic independence.

“This will help us create enough jobs for our people as well as create wealth for both our citizens and the nation,” the minister said.

On the award, Onu thanked Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing Worldwide for giving him the Heroes Award 2020, as “The Foremost Igbo Political Leader in Contemporary Nigeria”, adding: “It means a lot to me coming from our youths as future leaders.”

“I am happy that you will continue to deploy your energy, intelligence, drive, resourcefulness, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit in the development of both our communities and the nation.

“Your service to the community is captured in the age-grade system in our various communities,” he added.

Earlier, Chief Arthur Obiora, President, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing Worldwide, said that “Onu is a role model to Igbo youths”; adding that he remained a politician with integrity and humility.

“Onu has remained a role model to many Nigerians. A personality that the Igbo nation and Nigeria have continued to be proud of and all along all these years exhibited exemplary conduct and dignity in his political and public life.

“Onu, as a true Igbo son, has continued to build bridges of understanding and oneness among other tribes and nations within the country,” Obiora said.


Source: News Express

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