FG partners private sector on research as national council on science, tech ends in Anambra
By Sunny A. David

The 17th meeting of the National Council on Science and Technology has ended in Awka with the adoption of the report of the 16th meeting at Nasarawa State as a working document.

Our correspondent reports that the Minister of State for Science and Technology, Barrister Mohammed Abudullahi, said the ministry was geared towards synergizing with the Organised Private Sector at achieving the commercialization of research and development results for optimal use by the citizens.

While describing the theme “Moving Nigeria from import dependant to sustainable self reliant and exporting nation through Science, Technology and Innovation” as very apt in view of the numerous challenges facing the country such as security, rampant increase of smuggling across the borders among others, Barrister Abudullahi assured that the present administration has initiated guided reforms for the growth, development and general well-being of the citizens.

He commended Governor Willie Obiano and entire Ndi Anambra for hosting the council noting that the hospitality they received Is immeasurable.

In her goodwill message, the chairman, Senate Committee on Science and Technology and the Senator representing Anambra Central in the National Assembly, Senator Uche Ekwunife, who said that Science, Technology and Innovation has a pivotal role in transforming Nigeria into a sustainable and self-reliant Nation, called for the urgent need to harness and develop the manufacturing sector as a means of boosting economic activity.

Senator Ekwunife, however, assured legislative support towards taking the country from being import dependant to sustainable self reliant and exporting nation.

Earlier in her welcome address, the Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Professor Theresa Obiekezie, who said that Anambra State is open for collaborative engagements, called on the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology and its Agencies to always put Anambra state in the first line of States to be carried along in their activities.

Professor Obiekezie noted that since the National Council on Science and Technology aims at promoting the scientific development and technological modernization of Nigeria through developing high level human resources, promoting and maintaining specific research projects, disseminating scientific and Technological information, all State governments should endeavour to start using made-in- Nigeria cars.

The session climaxed with the inspection of the exhibition stand displaying various success stories recorded in Science, Technology and Innovation from across the country.