By Charles Nwaoguji
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has called on the leading five academies in Nigeria to work in harmony so as to accelerate the socio-economic development of the country.
Dr. Onu made the call during the induction of new fellows and presentation of the Academy’s Gold medal award to recipients in Abuja during the week.
Dr. Onu was among Nigerians inducted into the Nigerian Academy of Science. The Nigerian academy of science is the foremost independent scientific body in Nigeria.
According to Dr. Onu, the knowledge produced by the natural sciences requires the insight of the social sciences; the wisdom of the humanities and the management skills of the management sciences. Only through this can Nigeria become a self-reliant nation, free from the strangulating grip of over-dependence on the importation of goods and services.
The five Nigerian academies are:Nigerian Academy of Science, Nigerian Academy of Engineering, Nigerian Academy of Education, Nigerian Academy of Social Sciences and Nigerian Academy of letters.
Speaking on behalf of the fellow inductees, Dr. Onu assured that they will uphold their oath to the ideals of the Academy.
He said that the future of science and technology was very bright in Nigeria.
Said he “We are working day and night to attain that level of greatness that God wants us to be, we are working hard to make our economy less dependent on raw materials and be a knowledge and innovation driven one”.
Dr. Onu said that through well-conceived policies, the Ministry is working assiduously to ensure the conversion of the nation’s raw materials to products and services to ensure economic diversification.
The Minister also spoke on the National strategy for competitiveness in Raw materials products and services, which he said was meant to make Nigeria’s economy become competitive.
On the Executive Order 5, Dr. Onu said it is a revolutionary order with many potentials and local content development.
With the Executive Order 5, Nigerian Engineering professionals have a rare opportunity to participate in national development through execution of contracts relating to national security, Dr. Onu added.