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FG inaugurates 220 board members under Science and Technology ministry

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FG inaugurates 220 board members under Science and Technology ministry

Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu

Aminat Isah,  Abuja

The Federal Government has inaugurated 220 eminent Nigerians as board members of the 17 agencies under the purview of Federal Ministry Of Science and Technology.

The Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu performed the inauguration ceremony on Thursday in Abuja and charge them with the responsibility of ensuring the reasons of which they were appointed is brought to fruition.

According to Onu,  “President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed them all considering the commitment and deep sense of responsibility with which to  the challenge of making Nigeria a better place for the unborn generations.

“You should obtain and carefully study the new National Science , Technology and Innovation Road map, 2017-2030 (NSTIR 2030). It is a framework necessary for effective deployment of science, technology and innovation in the challenge of building a modern economy that will reposition Nigeria for the challenges of the future.

” I also urge you to acquaint yourselves with the Presidential Executive Order for the planning and execution of projects, programmes and contracts with science, engineering and technology components recently signed by Mr. President.”

The Minister further said: “You will find it an invaluable and revolutionary a tool that will herald the birth of a new Nigeria with the necessary local capacity that will reduce capital flight, strengthen manpower development, and restore national prides.”

He however affirmed that the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology is determined to help Nigeria become a prosperous nation and enjoined the board members to arm themselves with all the documents and policies concerning the Ministry and its agencies, especially the presidential executive order which was recently signed by Mr President.

Onu also urged them to aquint themselves with the national economic recovery and diversification plan, adding that  unless the country continues to work hard and remain committed to the task of diversifying the economy, science, technology and innovation would not play the roles it is expected to play.

Responding on behalf of the inaugurated members, the Board Chairman, Sheda Science and Technology Complex (SHEDA), Ayo Arise, assured the minister and the president that the members would live up to the responsibility assigned to them and not disappoint them and Nigeria as a whole.

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