By Emmanuel Elebeke
About 10 vocational and secondary schools in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, have received a N4 million grant award for science and technology development from National Office for Technology Acquisition and Development, NOTAP and Raw materials Research and Development Council, RMRDC.
Presenting the award in Abuja, the Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Ita Okon Bassey Ewa, said the award grants to secondary and vocational schools in the FCT was part of the ministry’s resolution to popularize and promote innovation while catching them young.
He said the project was in line with the African Union’s declaration of African Day for Technology and Intellectual Property in the continent with the purpose of unleashing creativity, inventiveness and innovativeness in Africa to engender the culture of global competitiveness.
According to him, the project was a product of the findings of a joint committee of the agencies which visited the schools and conducted on the spot baseline assessment of technical projects embarked upon by the schools and the report indicated that these schools have on-going projects that could be commercially viable if given a further technical upgrade.
It will be recalled that in July 1999, the Council of Ministers and Assembly of Heads of States and Governments of the Organization of African Unity, OAU now African Union, AU declared 13th September of every year to be celebrated as African Day for Technology and Intellectual Property in the continent with the purpose of unleashing creativity, inventiveness and innovativeness in Africa to engender the culture of global competitiveness.
While commending the two agencies, the minister charged the benefiting schools to put the money into judicious use to further spur students creative thinking for national development.