From Angela Nkwo-Akpolu, Owerri
Soon, intense study of science and mathematics will begin at the Assumpta Science Center, Orodo in Imo State for African secondary school students.
Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu gave the assurance at the weekend, during a facility tour of the center located in Orodo, in Mbaitoli local government area of Imo State.
Dr Onu said the Assumpta Science Center is a partnership project with the headquarters of the
Catholic Church, the Vatican City, as a response to dwindling quality science centers in Africa.
According to him, “the Vatican city did a study between children of developed countries as well as underdeveloped countries and discovered that the difference is science and technology, and decided to raise science centers in the continent”.
He explained that the center will help to get young secondary school students from all over Africa to study science which will “help to develop Africa; create jobs; fight illiteracy; and drastically reduce diseases and poverty”, Dr Onu said.
According to the Minister, the already completed Chemistry laboratory will equip students to understand the real study of science, first rate access to world class laboratory, and not mere theory study.
He disclosed that efforts are ongoing by the Federal Government to replicate the center in the six geopolitical zones, where students will be exposed to intense study of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics amongst others.
On the gains of the center, Dr Onu said “Nigeria will benefit a great deal because in partnership with the Vatican city, we are bringing in the best science brains from all over Africa, to learn from the best instructors. That way, we will encourage our young stars to believe in hard work and diligence which pays”.
On his part, Chairman of the Assumpta Science Center Project Monitoring Committee, Engr Marcel Uzegbu said the center is the second in Africa, while the first is in South Africa already running.
Community leaders who witnessed the visit of the Minister, expressed gratitude to the Vatican City and the Federal Government for citing the center in their community.
23 excursion students from Bauchi die in auto crash
Twenty-three students of Government Secondary School, Misau ,in Bauchi State and their driver have died in an auto crash along Bauchi – Kano road on Tuesday.
Mr Kabir Ibrahim-Daura, the Public Relations Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps in Kano State, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the accident occurred around 11 am near Tsaida village in Gaya Local Government area of the state.
According to him, the students were travelling to Kano for an excursion when their bus had a head on collusion with a DAF truck.
He said the 22 students and their driver lost their lives in the accident while three others sustained serious injuries.
“Of the 22 students, 12 are males while the remaining 10 are females.
“Two of the injured were taken to Gaya General Hospital while the remaining one has been referred to a Specialist Hospital in Kano,” he said.
Ibrahim-Daura said all the corpses had been deposited at the General Hospital Gaya. (NAN)