Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has inaugurated an advanced bio-resources laboratory centre in Odi, Bayesla State to detect stolen crude oil in theâ€Ž country.
The minister, while inaugurating the laboratory which also houses Livestock Feed Milling Complex, said that the facility would assist security agents to detect fingerprints and also trace stolen crude oil sources in the Niger Delta region.
A statement issued Sunday by the Chief Information Officer, Henrietta Okokon, noted that the facility also â€Žhas the capacity to conduct genetic profile of indigenous plant and animal resources with a view to preserving the nationâ€™s rich biodiversity resources.
According to him, â€œThe federal government had seen the disconnect between researchers, the society and the industry and that we have resolved to change the narratives and patterns, as evident today.â€
â€ŽThe minister added: â€œWe are deploying technology as a tool for economic development with emphasis on job and wealth creation to fight hunger and poverty in our country, particularly at a centre such as this in Odi with so much capacity in development in the agricultural sector.”