The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu says the Ministry is making frantic efforts to develop home-grown options to deal with Covid-19 pandemic and different challenges dealing with the nation. The Minister made the revelation on Wednesday when he acquired the Report of The Ministerial Committee on The Repositioning and Strengthening of The Ministry to Effectively Carry Out Its Statutory Charged Responsibilities to the Federal Government, in his workplace in Abuja.
He stated that one lesson to attract from Covid-19 is that the pandemic has supplied us distinctive alternative to assume out of the field as a nation to assume otherwise and make the most of home-grown Science, Technology and Innovation to unravel our issues, and urged Nigerians to start out creating self-confidence in order to turn out to be self-reliant in all spheres of life.
‘‘Nigerians should start to develop self-confidence in themselves and respect technological improvements produced by Nigerians. Realize that taking Nigeria to the place it needs to be is our accountability. ‘‘To transfer from recession to restoration, the nation should be connected to science and know-how,’ he added.
He assured that the Ministry will absolutely implement the suggestions of the committee in order to reposition the Ministry for higher outputs. ‘‘For us to supply jobs for unemployed, there may be want for us to supply the enabling surroundings. The Ministry will work onerous and won’t relaxation till we develop a home-grown solution for COVID-19. This virus is a wakeup name for us to get up from our slumber to search out solution to our issues,’’ he stated. Earlier in his tackle, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Dr. Mohammed Umar, pressured that the mandate of the committee cuts throughout Health, Agriculture, Infrastructure and lots of features important to nationwide life.
Presenting his report, the Chairman of the committee and Director of Bio-Resources Technology, Pharm. Abayomi Oguntunde stated for Nigeria to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’S), the suitable use of Science, Technology and Innovation should be thought of in authorities coverage formulation and implementation.
He stated the committee’s report was knowledgeable by President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to elevate Nigeria out of poverty, ailments and technological backwardness. He thanked the 2 Minister’s for their religion within the committee and the chance to serve the nation.