By Dele Ogbodo
President Muhamadu Buhari has urged African nations to embrace science, technology and innovations (STIs) to defeat terrorism, social restiveness, poverty, hunger, illiteracy and under-development across the continent.
According to him, it is only through the deployment of STIs that African countries can efficiently exploit their huge natural resources and thereby create jobs, wealth and reduce poverty and human suffering.
The statement was made by the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, on behalf of the president, according to a press release issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taye Akinyemi, weekend in Abuja.
Onu, the statement added, represented the president in a 3-day World Conference on the Deployment Science and Technology for Africa’s Development, in Dakar, Senegal.
The minister urged African nations to see science and technology as an important instrument to stimulate human development and progress in the concerted effort to minimize human suffering, reduce levels of poverty, conflict and strife, social restiveness, terrorism and environmental degradation cross the continent.