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‘Prioritise investment in science, tech for accelerated growth’


The Federal Government has been urged to prioritise the establishment and funding of the science and technology sector in order to position the nation for accelerated economic growth.

The first Nigerian Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, Anthony Shobo, made the call in Lagos, while speaking with journalists at the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers (NSChE), Lagos/Ogun Chapter’s annual public lecture.

Shobo, whose 88th birthday was celebrated by the NSChE at the public lecture, said it was imperative that Nigeria joins the comity of Nations that had discovered their economic potentials through the development of Science and Technology.

Shobo also urged the FG to establish more industries to accommodate the teeming population of unemployed Nigerians.

While praising the Buhari administration for its massive investment in infrastructure such as roads and ultra-modern railway system, the octogenarian urged the government to prioritise the power sector for increased attention.

“If there is steady electricity supply, many moribund industries will come back to life,” he said. Shobo recalled how the institute started with about 10 members and has now grown into a global professional body with over 42,000 members in 120 countries.


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