By Edwin Philip, Lafia
The minister of science and technology, Dr. Ogbonaya Onu, has expressed willingness to partner with the Nasarawa state government in
the areas of science, technology and innovation in support of the state government milestones in the sector.
The minister, who stressed the importance of science and technology in the advancement of the the country, promised to collaborate with the Nasarawa state government in the areas of core needs in science and technology.
“Your Excellency I want to use this opportunity assure you that we
Me will do everything to support the state government particularly in the areas you have mentioned” he said
Dr Onu, who made the commitment at the 16th meeting of the national council on science and technology which took place in Lafia last week, with the theme : Enhancing Nigeria’s competitiveness in all sectors of
the economy through effective deployment of science, technology and innovation.
He expressed that, collaboration is need to harmonise areas the state and federal government can effectively partner for maximum result and of assistance to the state.
“We will like to have a joint committee that will involved the officials of the federal ministry of science and technology, if you
want to broaden it so that we can work out ways that we can be of a greater assistance to you” he added.
Earlier, the governor of the state who was represented by his deputy Hon. Silas Agara, had solicited the support of the minister for
science and technology in the areas of providing technical components, to add value to what the state have been able to do.
The governor, recalled previous collaboration within and outside the country how the state has so far benefited, such as the institute of
technical education in Singapore for the establishment of Nasarawa state technological education located here in Lafia.
“Government constitute sixteen man joint committee on technology, comprising of Nasarawa state government functionaries and officials of the National agencies for science engineering and infrastructure
towards the realisation this establishment, as I speak the committee has concluded it assignment and summited the report.” he affirmed.
The council on science and technology is the highest making body, whereby the federal ministry of science and technology meeting
responsible for science and technology in the various state and other stake holders, decides the direction that science and technology would take in the next one year.