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Nigeria facing worst challenges since independence – Minister

By Ernest Nzor and Sodiq Omolaoye, Abuja
23 October 2021   |   3:26 am
Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Ogbonnaya Onu, has described the country’s present challenges as the worst since Independence in 1960. Onu stated this at the unveiling of his ministry’s new logo in Abuja, yesterday.

Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Ogbonnaya Onu, has described the country’s present challenges as the worst since Independence in 1960. Onu stated this at the unveiling of his ministry’s new logo in Abuja, yesterday.

According to him, Nigeria must plan to have a diversified, knowledge-based and sustainable economy, to enable it maintain is regional, continental and global influence.

He said: “We are now at a time the world is trying to move away from the use of fossil fuels due to the effect of climate change. The decarbonisation programme in many countries is advancing very quickly, as electric cars are now in use.

“Alternatives are now being found for many other uses of fossil fuels. Though the aviation industry produces two per cent of global carbon emission, it is also involved in the decarbonisation process. Research in the production of electric aircraft has reached very advanced levels. Today, some countries can depend entirely on renewable energy for their public electricity supply. This means that our dear nation must intensify the efforts in diversifying the economy away from total reliance on crude oil.”

Nigeria, since our political independence in 1960, has never faced this type of challenge as we are now facing, he added.
Onu said the logo takes into consideration the ministry’s desire to move Nigeria away from relying entirely on a resource-based economy to catch up with the most developed nations in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).

On the government’s commitment to repositioning the STI sector in the country, the minister stressed that more efforts at innovation and reverse engineering were on hand to ensure the development of Capital Goods Market in the country.

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