By Obas Esiedesa
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu challenged Nigerian researchers to channel their efforts toward conducting researches that will boost local production and make the country self-reliant.
Onu made the call while inspecting the Igbo Ukwu Museum in Anambra State as part of it official itinerary to upgrade indigenous technology to meet contemporary standards.
A statement by the ministry in Abuja said the Minister explained that the recently signed Presidential Executive Order 5 gives ample opportunities for engineers and other professionals to be creative and productive.
He therefore called on Nigerians to use their skills and their talents to add value to our abundant resources and convert them to the products and services that the nation needs.
He appealed to young Nigerians to study the past and tap from the countrya��s ancestors who produced great works of art and artefact.
He noted that past Nigerians understood the environment and they used things that were in the environment to attained self-reliance, adding that the present administration was preparing Nigerians to be self-reliant.
According to him, a�?technology is for use, we have the intellect, we have the men and women that can do this if our forefathers, did this, then we dona��t have any reason not to even improve on it.
a�?Federal Ministry of Science and Technology is working with the Federal Ministry of Education to see how we can start teaching our young people at primary and secondary school level science and technology, mathematics and other science subjects in their indigenous language,a�? he added