The Minister of Science and Technology, Mr. Ogbonnaya Onu, yesterday, called on all state governments to establish science and technology ministry in their various states as Nigeria cannot diversify the economy without the application of science, technology and innovation.
“I call on every state in Nigeria to emulate Taraba by creating the ministry of science and technology because the only way out of the woods for the nation is the application of scientific research and innovation in harnessing the abundant natural resources that the country is endowed with,” the Minister said, when the Taraba state Commissioner of Science and Technology, Mr. Alhassan Hamman paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja.
“Recall that the federal government in 2012 reviewed the 1976 science policy holistically to cater for the diverse natural endowment of the country using its research institutes as driver of harnessing its rich mineral resources,” he added.
He explained that China and India moved out of their poverty levels to their current development level through the application of science, technology and innovation. He expressed regret that the country had for several years neglected the sector, hence its present economic and social challenges.
Onu, therefore, promised that the ministry would collaborate with Taraba state and other states’ ministries of science and technology to create jobs, develop the economy and increase the country’s revenue.
Speaking earlier, the Taraba state commissioner said he was in Abuja to tap from the experience of the minister and the ministry to advance the newly created science and technology ministry in his state.