BY CHIBUZOR EMEJOR,
The Federal Government has awarded full scholarship up to Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) level to three young scientists who distinguished themselves and came tops at the 2018 Young Nigerian Scientists Presidential Award Competition.
President Muhammadu Buhari who gave the scholarships while declaring open the Technology and Innovation Expo 2019 in Enugu, commended the creativity and competitive spirit of the successful students.
Buhari, who represented by Mr. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Nigeria’s greatest resource is her human capital.
He added that his administration would continue to support the development of human resources which is richly endowed in Nigerian youth who make up millions of incredible talented persons, constantly pushing and striving towards greatness.
The recipients of the awards include Master Okeke Favour Obianuju from the Federal Capital Territory, Master Fafemi Fisayo Daniel from Kwara State and Master Joshua John Mark from Akwa Ibom State who emerged first, second and third positions respectively.
According to him, “The future of Nigerians belongs to our youths and it behooves government to create the enabling environment for them to develop to the fullest of their potentials.
“We will harness their energy and their talents to make Nigeria achieve true greatness.
“It is my conviction that we need the effective promotion and application of science and technology to take Nigeria to the next level of prosperous, strong and stable country.
“This we can only achieve by deploying innovations in science and technology to improve on our existing and new infrastructure, fighting corruption and poverty, improvement in national security, promotion of job creation and encourage local and foreign investments.”
Speaking further, Buhari said “the Federal Government will support the creation of Innovation Funds to strengthen Research and Development, training programmes and partnership with tertiary institutions, technical schools and trade centres in the area of research.
Earlier, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, has assured that the present administration was moving Nigeria to a new direction of a knowledge-based economy that is innovation -driven.
“Many of our research findings are now products available in the market place for our people to buy and use. We now make sure that the research we do focus on urgent national needs,” he said.