The Minister for Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has called for synergy among government, universities and the manufacturing sector for the benefit of the nation.
The minister made the call when he visited the Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu in his palace recently.
Onu also said nations that are leading the world today; utilize science and technology which affects every aspect of life: ‘’Even the tailor who develops an ingenious way of making button hole is using technology no matter how rudimentary’’, he added.
“We shall be happy if you can help us encourage our people to take interest in Science and Technology and by doing this, we shall be creating wealth thereby reducing poverty’’. The Minister urged the Emir to encourage his subjects to show keen interest in Science and Technology.
In his response, the Emir of Gombe, His Royal Highness Alhaji Abubakar Shehu, said he has noted the efforts of the Minister in promoting Science and Technology for the overall development of the nation.
In a related development, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has charged the academic community and research institutes to ensure that research findings are channeled towards addressing prevailing societal problems and not just for career advancement.
He made the appeal when he commissioned an upgraded chemical laboratory donated by PZ cussons at Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, at the weekend.
The Vice-Chancellor of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Prof. Muhammadu Ahmad Abdulazeez, said the upgraded chemical laboratory has put the school’s engineering department on the pedestal of cutting-edge research in minerals.