Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has said a sustained investment in science and technology would eventually result in development.
The governor spoke while formally inaugurating an engineering laboratory built by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) for the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Addressing the students, the governor pledged to remain committed to the growth of science and technology by expanding capacity in the sector and deploying same for the rapid growth of the state’s economy.
The governor who was represented by his deputy, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, added that the establishment of the laboratory would enhance the school’s capacity to solve the nation’s quest for self-sufficiency in science and technology.
“Apart from boosting the intellectual, scientific and technological capacity of the University of Nigeria, a facility of this sophistication and magnitude also complements our current efforts to upgrade and modernize Nsukka,” he said, urging the university authority to make judicious use of the facility.
Speaking, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, represented by the Director-General of Projects and Development Agency (PRODA), Enugu, Dr. Charles Agulanna, paid glowing tribute to Ugwuanyi’s creative management of the state’s resources and canvassed more support for his administration.
In a speech, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Benjamin Chukwuma Ozumba, said the institution’s collaboration with the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas has been worthwhile. He also thanked Governor Ugwuanyi’s remarkable support towards the growth of the university.
For the visibly elated managing director and chief executive officer of the NLNG, Mr. Tony Atta, the facility is a fulfillment of the company’s corporate social responsibility.