The Hon. Minister for science, Technology and Innovation DR OGBONNAYA ONU has called on tertiary institutions and research institutes to collaborate to expand the frontiers of science in country.
He made this call during his address at Igbinedion University Okada, on the occasion of the special lecture in honour of the Chancellor of the University, Sir Chief Dr. Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion on Monday.
According to the Dr Onu, “ the Federal government is determined to ensure that our universities, industry and research institutes work together. Government, through effective policies, will then provide a suitable environment needed for them to work together. This level of cooperation and interaction, will be of mutual benefit, since research institutes will now conduct research on the problems of industry, while universities will produce the appropriate manpower to run our industries. “
The honourable minister stressed that, such collaboration will help the production of high quality goods and the standardization of products and services, as well as commercialization of research findings.
“ It is then, that our research findings can easily be converted to products and services needed in our markets and shops. All these will lead to the rapid growth in the establishment of micro, small and medium enterprises. This will help grow our economy, generate jobs, reduce poverty, strengthen our currency and create wealth for both individuals and the nation.”
Dr ONU stressed that in other to achieve such a task, the FG plans to establish technology and innovation centers for global competitiveness in the six geopolitical zones of the country. These centers will bring together all universities, polytechnics, industries and research institutes in each of the geopolitical zones, to work together.
Nigeria is blessed with abundance of natural and human resources. Every State of the Federation has a reasonable share of these resources. There is no single State without resources. These centers will then use STI, in line with the Presidential Executive Order No 5, to effectively and efficiently utilize these resources.
He added that, Igbinedion University, Okada, as the first private university in the country, has a very important role to play in this regard. “ I am confident that you will participate actively in this transformation, which is the first of its kind in our nation. We are confident that through these Centers, our dear nation will in the years to come produce many people from different parts of the country, who will be like Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, whom we are celebrating today. I see a bright future for our dear nation, if only we can all work together.” Read full text of Hon. Minister speech
In his address, His Excellency Lt.General Tukur Yusuf Buratai (Rtd) Former Chief of Army Staff, and Nigeria Ambassador to the Republic of Benin, stated that Nigeria must strive to deliberately build human capacity in the armed forces, stressing that the future of Nigeria’s territorial integrity lies therein.
He reiterated that the established the Buratai centre for Contemporary Security affair to further strengthen Nigeria’s security architecture.
In his remarks, the Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, highlighted his administration’s adoption of ICT-based reform initiatives in the state’s civil service, revenue collection as well as combating crime.
Gov. Obaseki stressed that science and technology hold the potential to developing the country beyond crude oil. He highlighted his administration’s adoption of ICT-based reform initiatives in the state’s civil service, revenue collection as well as combating crime.
Obaseki who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Edo state ministry of Education, Mrs. Stella-Maris Imasuen said a strong partnership between the federal, State governments and Tertiary institutions would support the state government’s various technology-based initiatives across all sectors.
The event which had in attendance, the AIG zone 5, the Brigade Commander 4th Brigade Headquarters Benin, and other service chiefs as well as Traditional rulers from various states across the country, also featured the formal commissioning and handing over of the Lt.Gen. Tukur Buratai Centre for Contemporary Security Affairs to Igbinedion University Okada.