December 17, 2015

Make Science & Tech cornerstone of your change agenda – Former Ministers tell Buhari

Make Science & Tech cornerstone of your change agenda – Former Ministers tell Buhari

Ogbonnaya Onu

By Emmanuel Elebeke

Former Ministers of Science and Technology have called on the Buhari administration to make science and technology the cornerstone for the nation’s development.

The former Ministers made the call on Thursday, at an interactive session organised by Minister of Science and Technology Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu in his office at Abuja.

According to them, science and technology if properly explored, will become the nation’s inexhaustible oil for the future, the cornerstone of development and wealth creation and undoubtedly create jobs in an unprecedented manner for teeming youths in the country.

They enjoined the minister whom they described as a “round peg in a round hole” to use his wealth of experience to change the fortune of the ministry by ensuring the needed attention from government and members of the public about the critical role science and technology play in national development .

They commended the Minister for the initiative which they described as first of its kind.

Earlier on, the Minister expressed his appreciation to the former ministers for honouring his invitation at such a short notice.

He remarked that government is desirous of delving into the valued experience of the past ministers in the quest to ensure that science and technology assumes its rightful place as the key to solving national challenges especially the economy, security and the rule of law.

He solicited for the continued cooperation of the former ministers as a reservoir of knowledge since, according to him, “it is important to know about the past to be able to move forward”.

Among those present at the meeting were: Alhaji Abdulahi Ibrahim (SAN), General (Rtd) Sam Momah, Dr. (Mrs.) Paullen Tallen, Prof. Turner Isoun, Chief (Mrs.) Grace Ekpiwehre and the immediate past minister of the ministry Dr. Abdu Bulama.