By Anozie Egole
lagos—Minister of Science and Technology, Mr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has said that the Nigerian economy was lagging behind because it failed to pay sufficient attention to science and technology.
The minister, who said this yesterday in Lagos when he inspected Omatek computers also said it is difficult for a nation to grow without science and technology.
Speaking at the event, Onu said; “I will first start by thanking this great entrepreneur, Mrs. Florence Seriki and I believe so many Nigerians will learn from her. What she has done is a sort of gender balancing because she has proven that what a man can do a woman can do better.
”I want to say this that no nation has been great without science and technology. Nigeria is the largest country in Africa with the largest number of black people and we have over the years not paid sufficient attention to science and technology.
“No nation has ever succeeded by not looking inward. Every great nation has looked inward to patronise their locally-developed technological innovations and other products and as such, Nigeria is looking towards that direction as well towards encouraging patronage of locally-developed products. The earlier we do this, the better for us,” he said.