Nigeria will develop significantly if we invest more in Science, Technology ― former Minister
TECHDIGEST – The former Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo has called on the Federal Government to invest more in science and technology, for the country to grow significantly and compete with the western world.
He made the call at the third International Conference of Faculty of Physical Sciences, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli Campus, in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State, over the weekend.
Prof Nebo, who spoke on the theme of the conference; “Leveraging Science and Technology for Responsible Governance and Wealth Creation,” noted that technology played a fundamental role in the economic growth and transformation of any society.
He explained that countries that wanted to develop must invest significantly in science and technology, which include developing talents and the human capacity required to compete globally.
Other keynote speakers, including the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Professor Nnenna Oti, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, Professor Clifford Agu, Chief Keluo Chukwuogo, Dr Sunny Nwachukwu and the Special Adviser to the Governor of Anambra State on Creative Security, Retired Air Vice Marshal Ben Chiobi, maintained that important scientific researches done by various institutions should not be domiciled in the laboratories but rather be put to work and their benefits maximized in solving most societal problems.
While declaring the conference open, the Vice-Chancellor of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Professor Greg Nwakoby, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academics, Professor Ellis Idemobi, said that the theme of the conference was timely and urged participants to utilize every knowledge garnered.
Earlier in a welcome address, the Dean of the faculty, Professor Osita Chiaghanam, called on the government at all levels to introduce streamlined platforms through which scientific research institutions could actualise their visions and missions.
He described creative leverage on science and technology as an essential index for wealth creation in Nigeria.
In their separate remarks, the chairman on the occasion who is also the National President, Chemical Society of Nigeria and Dean, School of Post Graduate Studies, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Professor Moses Chendo, and the Head Department of Geology, Professor Kingsley Nwozor, who is also the Chairman of the event’s Local Organising Committee, thanked the keynote speakers and participants for honouring the occasion.