By Grace Udofia
As countries across the globe continue to develop its Science and Technology base, Nigeria’s Science and Technology Minister, Ogbonnaya Onu has disclosed that the country is set to establish Technology and Innovation Centres in the six geo-political zones across the nation.
The ministry’s boss who revealed this while speaking at the 87th Birthday Lecture in honour of Gabriel Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin Kingdom in Okada, Edo State, explained that Nigerian universities, industries and research centres had not been working together for the common good of the people.
Hence, the inability of these universities in these areas had affected the pace of industrialisation and aggravated unemployment challenges in the country.
He added that the ministry was working tirelessly to ensure productive utilisation of science technology innovations in the country.
“As a nation, we have truly progressed without paying special attention to science, technology and innovation.
“We are confident that through these centres our nation will in the next few years produce icons in science and technology innovations”.
“The centres would bring the academia, research institutes and the industry to work together in the geopolitical zones to promote science and technology,” he said.