Why Nigerian youths must not fear science, by Onu
Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has enjoined Nigerian youths “not to be afraid of science”, saying it holds the key to a full understanding of “who we are so that our journey to greatness can be smoother and easier”.
He urged them to embrace the study “to guide them and provide the roadmap that will make our nation achieve the true greatness we all desire”.
The minister disclosed this during a press briefing on Saturday, held at Radisson Blu Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos. The focus was policies and activities of the Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, and commemoration of the 2021 World Science Day for Peace and Development.
According to him, Nigerians must never forget that many of the problems that confront the nation can be solved through the application of science.
He explained: “The future, with respect to achieving food security, providing safe drinking water for all Nigerians, in addition to its use in agriculture and industry; providing shelter for our people; clothing both the old and the young; getting enough drugs and the appropriate medical equipment for our health care; fighting and defeating illiteracy through mass and high-quality education; alleviating poverty; strengthening our economy; protecting our environment and securing our nation, all require science.”
He said Nigerians must, change their orientation and pay more attention to science “so that we can rapidly develop our nation for the good of all. By doing this, Nigeria will become self-reliant, and be respected by other nations, all over the world.”
Onu noted that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is working very hard to help Nigeria attain true greatness, stressing that the Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation is determined to work hard to ensure the noble objective is achieved.
Speaking on the National Science, Technology and Innovation RoadMap 2017-2030, the minister said the policy clearly shows how the economy can transit from depending entirely on commodities to knowledge that is innovation-driven.
He informed “happily” that Nigeria’s economy is “really transiting, as it is now diversified”. He also affirmed: “Revenue from non-oil sources flowing into our treasury has exceeded that from crude oil.”
Onu further highlighted milestones of the ministry including the National Strategy for Competitiveness in Raw Materials and Products Development; Leather and Leather Products Policy; Methanol Fuel Technology Production Policy.
He disclosed that the ministry is working to submit to the Federal Executive Council other policies on nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, bioethics and biotechnology.
The minster added: “All these efforts and more have been made to help us create jobs for our young people, fight and defeat extreme poverty, rebuild the middle-class, strengthen the economy, create wealth for both individuals and the nation.
“We are working to prepare our nation for the post-crude oil era. We should not just see the problems that this can create, but rather concentrate on the tremendous opportunities that lay ahead of us.”