Onu urges states to create science, technology ministry

Wants scientists to assist entrepreneurs through publication

States that have not set up science and technology ministry has been enjoined to do so in their best interest.Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, who stated this when he received the Benue State Commissioner of Energy, Science and Technology in his office, said that science and technology affect all areas of development.

“Time has come for all states of the federation to establish science and technology ministry in their states to the best interest of Nigeria. This is so because there is no area of development that does not require science and technology,” he said.

Onu commended Benue State Government for taking the bull by the horn in establishing science and technology ministry and commended the state for seeking partnership of science and technology to move their state and Nigeria to greater height technologically.

The minister further stated that over 90 per cent of agricultural practice from planting, harvesting and processing require inputs from science technology and innovation, stressing that all developed countries of the world were able to achieve greatness by leveraging on science technology and innovation.He equally stressed the need for states to partner with the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology in areas of innovation technology to add value to the enormous natural resources in their domains.

Earlier, the Commissioner, Dr. Godwin E. Oyiwona, appealed to the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology to assist the state to upgrade its technology incubation centre.

Meanwhile, Onu has challenged Nigerian scientists to produce books that would serve as guides for budding entrepreneurs to boost the nation’s economy.The minister, who stated this at the public presentation and launch of the book titled “INSIDE TOMATO”: The Role of Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Tomato Production in Nigeria, said the nation’s GDP could grow higher with proper application of science, technology and innovation in the economic scheme of things.

According to him, the content of the book is all about how Nigeria could be self-reliant.The book reviewer, Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, quoted the author as saying that tomato is a lucrative crop to invest in as it guarantees double return on investment in less than nine months.

Adesina, who advocated that tomato production should be included in the agricultural revolution currently sweeping the country, said that the nation had achieved almost 100 per cent self-reliance in food production.He said that the book would promote the production of tomato production and improve investment in tomatoes and agriculture in the country.

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