Senator Hope Uzodinma
By Charles Onyekamuo
The member representing Imo West Senatorial district in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, Senator Hope Uzodinma, has challenged Federal Universities and Colleges of Technology in the South-east to champion an industrial revolution in the country by forging a system between their various departments and the crude technological inventions of Igbo businessmen in Nnewi, Anambra State and Aba in Abia State.
He threw the challenge at an award ceremony by the South-east wing of the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) held in Awka, Anambra State at the weekend during which he was given an award of excellence as Pillar of Education in the South-east.
Speaking through Hon. Declan Mbadiwe Emelumba, who represented him at the ceremony, Uzodinma commended the students for demonstrating exemplary leadership qualities and urged them to liaise with the Federal Universities and Colleges of Technology in the South-east to champion an industrial revolution in the country.
“Given the technology feat achieved in the South-east during the Nigeria Civil war through the invention of Ogbunigwe, the innovative Biafran bomb, I think fate beckons on us from this part of the country to lead the way to the much needed industrial revolution in Nigeria,” he said.
The senator reasoned that the Universities and Colleges of Technology could liaise with those behind the famous local technological inventions in Nnewi and Aba to find ways of refining these technological inventions and ultimately launch Nigeria into the age of industrialisation.
According to him, the universities and colleges should organise extra mural classes for the inventors to deepen their technological skills in the process while using the opportunity to allow students in their institutions to interact first hand with them and acquire practical knowledge through the process.
“I believe that if this is properly handed, it will only be a matter of time for a productive synergy between the local inventors and the students to blossom thus paving the way for an industrial revolution in the near future,” he said.
The Senator enjoined the students to take up the challenge with the relevant University and College authorities and lead the way to its actualization, adding that the south-east, from its antecedents, hold the key to the industrialization of Nigeria through technological innovations.
“The evidence of history is there to support this thinking and all we need to do is to use what we have, improve on it, by making it possible for these Universities to interact with our local wizards and we can do the magic” he argued.
Others who received awards from the students’ body were Barr. Obinna Uzoh, a gubernatorial aspirant in Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, former Governor of Anambra State and Dr. Mrs. May Ifeoma Nwoye.
Earlier, Comrade Kingsley Chidozie Lawrence, National President of NANS south-east, in his address said all the awardees were men and women who have contributed in different ways to the growth of education in the South-east.