UNN at 56: Onu tasks Nigerians on technology innovation
Minister for Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has called on Nigerians to embrace technological innovations, as a way to sustain the economy.
Speaking at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), 56th anniversary and Founder’s Day lecture on the topic, “Science, Technology and Innovation: The Way Forward,” Onu disclosed that government spends an average of N1b monthly to import rice.
The minister noted that this is so, because local rice farmers still use crude methods of farming and lack the necessary technology to grow and package rice at a large scale.
Dr. Onu said giving adequate attention to science and technology would accelerate economic growth and development, noting that post-independence governments neglected science and technology, which has made the country to have a mono economy that has hindered development.
Onu, however, commended the Buhari-led administration for working to reverse the ugly situation and planning to make the country an exporting nation.
Earlier in his address, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Benjamin Ozumba, urged the academia to carry out intensive research on education, religion and the nation’s economic problems, stressing that such research works would help move the nation forward.