The Minster of Science and Technology Dr Ogbonanya Onu has once again stressed the importance of the sector to the economic growth and development of the country.
Speaking at the celebration of the African Day for Technology and Intellectual Property held at the NOTAP exhibition arena on Thursday, Dr Onu said African countries must begin to take science, technology and innovation very seriously if we must move from been just suppliers of raw materials to the developed countries to producers of goods and services.
According to Dr Onu, all through history no nation has ever become great whether in ancient or modern times without Science and Technology.
He stressed further that the missing link in the quest for economic prosperity by African countries is the failure to embrace Science and Technology.
The Minister called on African countries to take the initiative in reversing the trend by giving Science and Technology priority in nation building.
The African Day for Technology and Intellectual Property was instituted nineteen years ago by African leaders who saw the importance of setting a day aside to celebrate the creativity of African innovators.
The event featured an exhibition by various schools from around the Abuja metropolis with cash prizes awarded to the top three schools with the best innovations.
NOTAP DG SEES A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN NIGERIA The Director General of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion, Dr Danazumi Ibrahim has commended the various schools that showcased their innovations at this year’s celebration of the African Day for Technology and Intellectual property for the creative ingenuity behind the items displayed at the exhibition.
The event which took place last Thursday at the NOTAP exhibition arena saw over ten schools from around Abuja showcase their innovations that included a sewage purifying machine, an airplane, a fuel production/purifying machine using waste plastics and many more.
While commending the three schools that came tops at the end of the exhibition, Dr Ibrahim described all the participants as winners in their own right as all the innovations showcased were good enough to win a prize.
He described the creativity of the students as a good sign that there is a bright future for Science and Technology in the country since the young once are already taking up the challenge as evident in the quality innovations displayed.
Government Science Technical College, Garki came first for their project on waste plastics, while Government Girls Secondary School, Karu took the second position for their sewage treatment plant project and Vocation Education Institute, Gwagwalada came third courtesy of their project on wireless charging point.
In addition to certificates, the Director General of NOTAP Dr Danazumi Ibrahim also presented cash prizes of N200,000 (two hundred thousand naira), N150,000 (one hundred and fifty thousand naira) and N100,000 (one hundred thousand naira) to the three schools respectively.