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Minister advises state govt. to set up ministry of science and technology



Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, the Minister of Science and Technology, has advised state governments to set up Ministry of Science and Technology in the best interest of the nation.

The minister gave the advice on Thursday in Abuja when Dr Oyiwona Godwin, the Commissioner, Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology in Benue paid him a visit in his office.

Onu noted that the time had come for all states in the federation to establish the ministry of science and technology, “adding that there was no area of development  that would not involve science and technology.

He said over 90 per cent of agriculture involved science, technology and innovation.

The minister said that the states could add value to their enormous natural resources with science and technology.

He said building of businesses from the micro level which had the potential to grow required technology.

`The minister also made case for indigenous technology which, according to him, could be used to grow businesses.

He added that the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology was interested in moving the economy of the nation from depending on commodity to knowledge based society.

The minister  assured the visitors that the ministry shall work with them depending on their interest.

He said that the ministry would also  be happy to advice and assist Benue government.

Earlier, the Benue commissioner of Energy, Science and Technology, noted that Benue is an agricultural state.

He said the state was in need of science and technology as the food basket of the nation.

According to him, we need cross fertilization of ideas for the benefit of the state.

`We are seeking for collaboration at the federal level, and how the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology can help.

“We are here to be advised on what we can do to align our vision with that of the federal government to develop our state,’’ he said.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Donald Ugwu

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