We Will Ensure Adequate Resources For Research And Development, Buhari Assures


President Muhammadu Buhari Sunday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, affirmed that Nigeria recognizes the centrality of science and technology in the development process and will ensure adequate resource allocation for research and development.

Speaking at a breakfast meeting of the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) organized by the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo in his capacity as Chairperson, President Buhari said technology is aiding Nigeria’s advancement in critical sectors of the economy.

He noted that his administration was conscious of the relevance of science and technology in national development and as such has a ministry dedicated to the sector, which is headed by a scientist.

‘‘We are concentrating on encouraging our students, at the primary and post-primary levels, to love and study more of science-related subjects rather than arts, political science, and history,’’ the Nigerian leader said at the meeting on the margins of the 33rd AU Summit.

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The President acknowledged that while finding resources to fund science and technology-related ventures could be a challenge, Nigeria was aware of the huge benefits and will continue to do her best to ensure adequate resource allocation for research and development.

In his remarks, the Ghanaian President said as an inter-governmental organization made up of 27 member states, COMSATS was playing a leading role in cultivating an enhanced culture of scientific and technological cooperation among member states.

He said the body was achieving this objective through capacity building, education, research, and development

Contributing to an open discussion at the meeting, Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State, who is part of the Nigerian President’s entourage to Ethiopia, called on the body to structure its operations in a way that creates ‘‘centres of excellence’’ in member states.

Ayade said such centres will help in education, training, and research for citizens of participating countries in specific fields and vocations of science and technology.

resident Buhari attends Breakfast Meeting of the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South in Addis Ababa on 9th Feb 2020
President Buhari with Vice President of Gambia, Ghanian President Nana Akufo-Addo, Executive Director COMSATs Dr. S.M. Junaid Zaidi, Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State, Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State and other dignitaries during the Breakfast Meeting of the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South in Addis Ababa on 9th Feb 2020.
President Buhari with Ghanian President Nana Akufo-Addo and Executive Director COMSATs Dr. S.M. Junaid Zaidi during the Breakfast Meeting of the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South in Addis Ababa on 9th Feb 2020.


Wike Calls For Increased Investments In Science, Technology

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called for increased investments in science and technology for the nation to experience rapid development.

Speaking at the Government House Port Harcourt on Tuesday when he granted audience to National Executive Council of the Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN), Governor Wike expressed regret that the Federal Government is yet to give the sciences, the priority attention they deserve.

He said that science teachers should be encouraged with necessary incentives to carry out their responsibilities of preparing Nigerian children for developmental roles.

“Nigeria cannot develop unless the nation invests in the teaching of science and mathematics at all levels. That is the way to go.

“We cannot talk of Development without science and mathematics. There must be the needed encouragement and incentives for teachers of mathematics,” he said

The governor commended STAN for their contributions to the development of science education over the last six decades.
He informed that his administration has invested in the equipping of science laboratories in selected schools to ensure that students have practical knowledge.

He directed the sponsorship of 400 science teachers for the ongoing workshop in the state. He noted that such workshops will improve their capacity to impact knowledge.

Earlier, the President of STAN, Mr Mohammed Moulud commended the efforts of the Rivers State Government in enhancing the quality of delivery of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in the state schools.

He noted that STAN is repositioning itself for more effective roles in the professional development of science, technology, engineering and mathematics teachers.

The Science Teachers are in Rivers State for the 60th Anniversary of STAN.

How Nigeria Can Save N3.6tn On Importation – Minister

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu has said that Nigeria can save as much as N3.6 trillion on importation within the next four years if the 13-year science, technology and innovation road-map is strictly adhered to.

He stated this while addressing journalists during his visit to the former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bisi Akande in Ila, Osun state to condole with him on the demise of his wife recently.

Dr Onu said the ministry would continue to use science and technology to revive the economy and make it sustainable by moving it away from being resource based only.

According to him, the road map would prepare Nigeria to be a truly great nation as it would enable the nation to use its natural resources in meeting basic needs and ultimately, make the people self-reliant.

He, therefore, reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to accelerate the pace of development anchored on the effective deployment of science, technology and innovation.

Ogun Govt. Commits To Education Development

Ogun Govt. Commits To Education DevelopmentThe Ogun State Government has expressed its resolve to continue to invest reasonably in education, in order to reposition the sector and improve human capital development index of the state.

The state’s Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Modupe Mujota, stated this at the 11th Matriculation Ceremony of the Ogun State Institute of Technology, Igbesa in Ado-Ota/Ota Local Government Area of the state.

The Commissioner also affirmed that providing quality education for people of the state remains top in government’s agenda.

She congratulated the new students on their admission, tasking them to take optimal advantage of the opportunity at their disposal to pursue their dreams.

Mrs Mujota informed them that their grades at the end of their studies would be determined by their performances from the beginning of the session.

“The grades you will make will be determined by your performance from this very beginning and your ultimate grace is a potential key to unlock opportunities in the labour market”, she advised.

Also addressing the new students, Rector of the Institute, Mrs Funke Akinkurolere, advised them to adhere strictly to the rules and regulations of the institution, as it would not condone indiscipline or any act that could undermine the integrity of the school.

The establishment of Science and Technical Colleges across the three senatorial districts of Ogun State is to produce middle level man-power and make the students become self-reliant upon graduation.

Ogun Govt. Canvasses Incorporation Of Security Studies In Schools

Ogun State Recalls Sacked, Suspended WorkersThe Ogun state government has called for the incorporation of security studies and intelligence gathering in the curriculum of schools in the state, to inculcate the habit of security consciousness in pupils even at their younger age.

The state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Modupe Mujota, made the call in Abeokuta, the state capital, while playing host to the Provost, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, College of Security Management, Mrs Rachael Awosusi.

She stated that the Corps would be a strong partner in promoting the new curriculum in the school with a view to broadening the horizon of the younger generation on security consciousness.

On her part, Mrs Awosusi said the purpose of the visit was to familiarise with the top management of the ministry and also see areas where they could work together, while assuring that the corps would continue to promote security and its consciousness among students in the state.

Mrs Mujota, further revealed that the ministry was already contemplating a training programme on intelligence gathering and information management for its staff in the college.

She also lauded the corps for providing security during the summer camp held in 2016, at Akin Ogunpoola Model College, Akinale in Ewekoro Local Government Area.

26 Pupils In Oyo Get Rewards For Excellence

26-school-pulpils-ewarded-in-oyo-stateThe Oyo State Government has rewarded 26 pupils from various schools who have represented the state in various National competitions for being good ambassadors.

The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Adeniyi, presented the gifts to the 26 pupils for their excellent performances in Mathematical Association of Nigeria (MAN), Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN) and Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) competitions.

He said that there as no amount of time, energy and money that could be regarded as too much to expend on Education.

“Education as we all know is a veritable tool and instrument to alleviate and subsequently banish ignorance and poverty, whatever is devoted to education therefore multiplies in turn,” the Commissioner stated.

Professor Olowofela reiterated that the Ajimobi-led administration would not relent in its effort to turn around education in the state, saying that government’s policies such as stoppage of mass promotion of students, promotion based on 80% class attendance and above average performance, inauguration of Schools Governing Boards (SGB) for effective control and teaching, massive renovation of schools and supply of science equipment would help to save education from its present dismal position.

The commissioner appreciated the contributions of the various stakeholders in complementing the efforts of the State Government to improve the quality of education in the state and consequently congratulated the awardees for their steadfastness and determination which has enabled them to excel among their peers.

In her remarks, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mrs Aderonke Makanjuola, commended the awardees for making the state proud and stated that the reward of excellence would assist in stimulating other pupils in their studies.

Nigeria, Ukraine To Collaborate In Science And Technology

Nigeria, Ukraine To Collaborate In Science And TechnologyThe Nigerian government is partnering with the Ukrainian government to commercialize research findings in the country.

At a meeting with the Ukrainian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Valerii Aleksandruk; Minister for Science and Technology, Mr Ogbonnaya Onu said that as Nigeria is determined to diversify its economy, commercializing of research by scientists in the country is the way to go.

According to him, three research findings are already in the works through a public-private partnership.

On his part, the Ukrainian Ambassador said that his country is open to hearing how Nigeria wants to collaborate with his country, especially in the areas of space and agricultural technology.

Ondo State University Expels Four Students, Suspends 16

Ondo State University Expels 4 Students, Suspends 16The Ondo State University of Science and Technology, (OSUSTECH), Okitipupa has announced the expulsion of four students of the university over gross misconduct.

The university also suspended 16 other students for various cases of examination malpractices for one to two academic semesters.

The Acting Registrar of the institution, Mr Felix Akinusi, who confirmed this in Okitipupa, said that the students had been advised to stay away from the university premises.

He also issued a strong warning to other students to desist from misconducts and malpractice, urging them to pursue their educational career with seriousness.

“The university have expelled four students over gross misconduct, they were involved in physical assault of their colleagues on campus.

“The other 16 that were suspended were involved in various examination malpractice for two semesters.

“Students should desist from misconducts or malpractice which can put them on the sideline. They should concentrate and pursue their academic career to a logical end with seriousness,” Akinusi said.

The students expelled and their departments are; Akande Samuel (Microbiology), Oluwatayo Adewale (Geophysics), Okunomo Henry (Biochemistry), and Akinteye Babatunde (Biochemistry).

The suspended students are; Akinkuowo Fisayo (Zoology), Oladimeji Oluwatobi ( Microbiology), Oladokun Emmanuel (Geophysics), Akinde Abiodun (Industrial Chemistry), Elisha Felicia (Biochemistry), Ohafugor Joseph (Geophysics).

Others include: Kayode Samuel (Physics), Agbaje Taofeek (Mathematics), Oni Olubunmi (Fisheries), Olanipekun Oluwasanmi (Physics), Ayadi Segun (Fisheries), Adebisi Oladotun (Botany).

The rest are Edward Monday (Mathematics), Udoh Emmanuel (Industrial Chemistry), Burojo Ojo (Mathematics) and Sanusi Idris (Fisheries).

Why Buhari Did Not Attend South East Economic And Security Summit

South-East Economic and Security SummitThe Presidency has denied reports that President Muhammadu Buhari snubbed the recent South-East Economic and Security Summit in Enugu.

His Spokesperson, Mr Garba Shehu on Friday, released a statement he described as the accurate account, contrary to media reports alleging that President Muhammadu Buhari deliberately ignored the event.

“The President was presented with a request to attend the Economic and Security Summit by the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu.

“The President happily accepted. The visit to Enugu was scheduled for Thursday 22nd as can be found on the weekly programme.

“After this was done, some other stakeholders from the South East came and advised him to not go in view of the closeness of the date to Christmas; that given the sensitivity of the period to the people, a presidential visit may come with overexertion and possibly, be disruptive of Christmas.

“In view of this, President Buhari requested that the event be pushed forward to January, 2017. Given his nature, he did not insist. He said if the change of date is not possible, then the event can go on without him. That is what the organizers chose to do.

“The President did not, and he absolutely has no reason to snub anyone,” Mr Shehu stated.

Abuja Joins The Digital Switch Over Train

Abuja, Digital Switch Over Nigeria’s journey to full transition from analogue to digital broadcasting appears to be gaining momentum as Abuja, the nation’s capital city, joins the moving train.

Residents of the Federal Capital Territory, now have access to 30 free-to-air channels, with nearly 70 per cent local content on their television sets, following the Digital Switch Over that took place on Thursday.

According to the federal government, six more states from each of the nation’s geo-political zones will be switched over in the coming months.

The President, represented by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, said the Federal Government was also determined to ensure a seamless roll-out of the DSO in all the states of the federation because of the multiplier effect of the benefits.

“Technology is transforming our lives and livelihoods daily, in new and more dramatic ways. Perhaps more important are the doors opened by digital transition”.

According to him, the the successful launch of the pilot scheme in Jos in April, has “clearly demonstrated the gains of Digital Switch Over.

“Let me restate for emphasis that this government is irreversibly committed to meeting the June 2017 deadline for the switch over in the West African sub-region and also to the roll-out of the DSO in all the states of the federation.

With this move, the Federal Government has made good on its initial plans to launch digital broadcasting in December.

Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, had earlier stated that the process of digitization would also provide over a million jobs for Nigerian youths within the next two years.

He further stated that digitization of broadcasting offers Nigeria a lot of opportunities with multi-faceted and very far-reaching benefits especially in the areas of economics, politics, education, entertainment, science and technology.


European Union To Expand Cooperation With Nigeria

European Union, Ogbonnaya Onu, Science and technology
Nigeria’s Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu

The European Union has announced plans to expand its partnership with Nigeria beyond the traditional field of aids and donations to mutually beneficial cooperation.

The head of the European Union delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS Ambassador, Michel Arrion, told the Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, that the EU is looking at new areas and sectors that will ensure relevant contribution to the partnership between the regional block and Nigeria.

The new areas include energy, transport, science and technology and climate change.

The Minister of Science and Technology welcomed the expanded ties and requested that the extended cooperation include training and research, to help Nigeria move away from a resource based and commodities dependent economy.

The Minister also hosted the Portuguese Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Teresa Ribeiro and her delegation whose interest also lies within the expansion of economic and cultural ties with Nigeria, as well as on a convention that will eliminate double taxation in the area of business and investment between both countries.

The visit to the Minster was the second time Ambassador Arrion would officially visit the ministry and the Minister considered it a welcome development especially as Nigeria diversifies its economy.

Ogun Govt. Adopts Chained Boy, Korede Taiwo

Korede Taiwo, Ogun StateOgun State government has adopted a nine-year-old boy, Korede Taiwo, who was chained by his pastor father for an alleged stealing habit.

The state government also promised to take care of the young boy’s educational needs among others.

The disclosure was made on Tuesday by the Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Modupe Mujota.

She spoke while the wife of the Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun and other members of the State Executive Council paid a visit to the boy.

The Commissioner for Justice, Olumide Ayeni, also said that the government has commenced a legal process to bring to justice, all actors in the case of Korede Taiwo so as to serve as a deterrent to others.

Korede is being treated for child abuse and chronic malnutrition at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi Aba in Abeokuta, the state capital in southwest Nigeria.

He is said to be in good condition and responding to treatment.

Mr Francis Taiwo, Korede’s father had confirmed to Channels Television that he actually chained his son, saying his action was borne out of his desire to rid the boy of his ‘stealing spirit’.

He said that he felt the young boy was possessed and after consulting with some spiritualists, he was advised to chain the boy to rid him of the evil spirit.