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New policy thrust: Science, Technology Minister meets stakeholders

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The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu has promised to implement the three cardinal agenda of the Federal Government – fighting corruption, insecurity and economy recovery.

Onu made the promise on Monday in Abuja at a stakeholders meeting to roll out a new policy thrust for the ministry.

Onu, who was recently re-appointed minister by President Muhammadu Buhari said the ministry would play an important role in ensuring that the major objectives of the government were achieved.

He said the task was possible through proper application of science and technology in the various sectors.

“The President had said that the areas which his administration had been working on – security, growth of our economy and fight against corruption – will still be the focus.

“These objectives cannot be achieved without the proper application of science, technology and innovations in the sectors.

“As a ministry, we will work to ensure transparency and reduction of corruption,’’ he said.

Onu also said that the ministry would carry out the promise made by the president to bring out 100 million people out of poverty.

“No country can move its people from poverty without the use of science and technology.

“The people need to be innovative, put new technology and new ideas to use to create enterprises that will grow from small scale to large scale.

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“With efficient small and large scale enterprises, poverty will be reduced and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will go up,’’ he said.

The minister added that Nigeria, with the largest economy in Africa, can only increase its GDP through application of science and technology and less dependence on imported goods and technology.

Speaking in the same vein, the Minister of State for Science and Technology, Mohammed Abdullahi promised to support Onu in moving the Nigeria’s economy from resource based to knowledge based.

He said that it is only technology that can help to drive any sector of the economy.

Abdullahi assured that the ministry would maintain a leading position by ensuring that other Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA’s) benefited from science and technology input to ensure economic growth.

Directors of the Ministry and Heads of parastatal agencies in the ministry were present at the meeting.

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