- Ogbonnaya Onu, the minister of science, technology and innovation discloses that Nigeria would soon embark on space exploration
- The minister explains that science and engineering is important to nation-building
- Onu says that Nigeria has plans to send people to space
Ogbonnaya Onu, the minister of science, technology and innovation, says Nigeria would soon join the league of countries in space exploration.
The minister made the comment during his address at the 2020 national convention of the Izzi old students association held at the faculty of education, Ebonyi State University (EBSU), Ishieke campus, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
He stated that science and engineering were important to nation-building, noting that the strength of the economy of any nation was dependent on its scientific and technological advancement.
Onu urged teachers and school administrators to encourage the younger generation of students to embrace science, engineering, and technology.
“It is sad that the students after rendering the school’s anthem started mentioning the professions that they will like to pursue, but not even one mentioned engineering,” the minister said.
“The principals and teachers should bring people who can enlighten the students on the importance of engineering to nation-building."
He said Nigeria has plans to send people to space, adding that it would be very sad if young people in the country do not aspire to become engineers.
“Yes, we have that plan; don’t ever think it cannot be done, it may take 20 years, 30 years, but we have that plan and I will be very happy to see somebody from this school to go into space and you cannot do it without science and engineering," the minister said.
Onu stated countries like China, Japan and Singapore benefited from science and engineering. He insisted that no country, whether small or large, can grow the economy without emphasising science and engineering.
In another report, the minister of science and technology said Nigeria will commence production of aircraft spare parts soon,
Ogbonnaya Onu made the statement at the inauguration of projects at the Projects Development Institute (PRODA), announced that Nigeria has the capacity to produce industrial machine spare parts including those of aircraft through Projects Development Institute (PRODA) in Enugu
He said it is commendable that the institution has come alive to contribute to the diversification mantra of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
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