Dele Ogbodo in Abuja
The federal government has promised to use science, technology and innovation to fully explore the potentials of the country’s diverse resources for its growth development, and diversification of the entire economy.
The Special Assistant to the Minister of Science and Technology, Mr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Mr. Sunny Onyeukwu, in a signed statement on behalf of his boss made the disclosure yesterday in Abuja.
According to the statement, Onu expressed confidence that the proposed Assumpta Science Centre, Owerri, (ASCO), Imo state, would stimulate and sustain the interest of young Nigerians, in choosing careers from Science, Engineering and Technology-related disciplines.
Onu, who had just returned into the country from Rome, Vatican City, sealed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi.
The minister thanked the Holy See for choosing Nigeria as headquarters of the Centre in Africa and pledged the commitment of the federal ministry of Science and technology to honour her obligations as contained in the MoU for the take-off of the Centre.
He reiterated the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to fully explore the potentials of science and technology in the task of nation building.
The statement also added that in his remarks, Cardinal Ravasi said the Assumpta Science Centre, though an informal science learning centre, was borne out of the need to deepen the culture of science, technology innovation and engineering in Africa.
On why Nigeria was chosen, he said: “Nigeria was chosen as the headquarters of the programme for Africa due to her leadership role and position in the continent.”