BY CHIBUZOR EMEJOR,
Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, has urged students across the country to embrace the study of science and technology for national development.
Onu who made the call on Thursday in Abuja at the 2018 edition of the 774 Young Nigerian Scientists Presidential Award, said all through history, no nation has ever become truly great, without giving priority to science and technology.
Onu said science, technology and innovation has remained a very important tool for building great nations that have made remarkable contributions to human civilization.
While underscoring the importance of science for human existence, the minister said the wall of poverty, disease and illiteracy had crumbled under the weight of science, technology and innovation.
He therefore tasked the students to strive to win Nobel laureate in physics, chemistry and medicine, adding that only one Nigerian, Prof. Wole Soyinka won a Nobel Laureate in Literature.
He however expressed joy that Nigeria has begun the journey to greatness through the utilisation of science and technology.
He noted that in 2015, that Nigeria through National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion [NOTAP] had six patents for research findings in the country which have increased to 16 in 2016.
He added that by the end of 2017, the patents have risen to 50, adding that it was clear evidence that Nigeria was on the onward march to promoting research and innovation.
Onu further assured that students who were in Abuja to write their final examination of the 774 young scientists presidential award that the first winner would get one million naira, second position N750,000 and the third position would go home with N500,000.
According to him, the award would be presented to the winners by President Muhammadu Buhari during the forthcoming technology and innovation expo slated for January 14, 2019 in Enugu State.