By Anayo Okoli
GOVERNOR Theodore Orji of Abia state has tasked the over 140 Research Institutes scattered across the nation to commercialize the results of their researches which he said would fasten the industrialÂ development of the country.
Orji who spoke at opening ceremony of the three day first Abia Tecnology Entrepreneurship Fair/Raw Materials Research and Development Council/ South East Investors Forum in Umuahia, maintained that Science and Technology are the bedrock of national development as well as survival in a rapidly global economy.
The governor expressed worry that the numerous institutes had made little or no effortsÂ in making the resultsÂ of their researchesÂ available for commercialization.
Governor Orji who spoke through the Secretary to the State Government, Mazi Donatus Okorie, noted that the need for results to be commercialized has made the forum very apt so that the various stake holders would play their specific and collective roles to ensure the successÂ of industrial cluster system as is done in such countries as China, Tanzania and India.
According to him, Abia State government believes that technology holds the key of translating the nation from a consumer country to a producer and self reliant nation. He said that the state has the potentials in terms of human and material resources to translate any laudable science and technology programme into reality..
In his remarks, the Minister of Science And Technology, Dr. Alhassan Bako Zaku explained that the Fair was to showcase the technological inventions and innovations of Abia state and also to promote the Ministryâ€™sÂ efforts towards promoting results of research findings which he said would impact positively on the nationâ€™s economyÂ and well being.
Represented byÂ Alhaji Ibrahim Jega, the minister promised that the ministry was committed to fast-tracking the scientific and technological development of the nation through planned and guided Research and Development activities which he noted will generate jobs and create wealth.
In his speech, Abia state Commissioner of Science and technology,Â Mr. Loveday Nwuba explained that the fair which featured innovative works, raw materials /value added products from the South East zone would also mark the foundation laying ceremony of the first Abia Technology Cluster at Ohiya near Umuahia, which is being promoted by the Pan-Africa Competitiveness Forum(PACF).