By Amaka Abayomi
NIGERIA’s quest to achieve global competitiveness in sciences will continue to be met with a brick wall until proper attention is paid to the development of laboratories, the Director, Federal Science Equipment Centre, Ijanikin, Lagos, Mr. Mathew Ndu, said.
Speaking at a recently held five-day capacity building workshop for laboratory technicians in secondary schools held at Ijaniki, Ndu said there is no way the country can produce well rounded professionals in the field of science if there are no laboratories to back up theoretical contents in schools.
He said “For products of our secondary schools and universities to match their counterparts in other climes, especially in the sciences, a lot needs to be done in the development and use of laboratories.”
Pointing out that the non-existence of well trained personnel to manage equipment such as microscopes, chemicals among others as another major challenge facing the development of laboratories in schools, the Director said the essence of the workshop is to build up the knowledge of laboratory technicians to enable them effectively run these laboratories in their respective schools.
His words: “We have about 80 laboratory technicians drawn from the 104 Unity Colleges participating in this workshop. They have been taken through various sections of the centre in order to learn how to run their laboratories the way it should be run, repairing broken down equipments as well as fabricate new ones.”