By Ese Awhotu
The Federal Government is to develop appropriate technologies so as to ensure transparent elections and avoid outbreak of violence.
The Minister of Science and Technology Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu disclosed this while addressing the press at a maiden World press conference on Monday in Abuja.
His words: “we will elect only those who represent the will of the people. We have seen most of the irregularities in elections can be traced to human error and factors, hence the Ministry will develop an appropriate technology to give our nation clean and transparent elections”.
Dr. Onu, said he was determined to improve upon his past performance and he promised to ensure the passing into law and full implementation of the revolutionary EXECUTIVE ORDER.5, which is to promote local content and give preference to Nigerian Scientists, contractors and innovators.
The Minister assured of food security for all Nigerians, by enabling healthy competition among Researchers, Scientists and Innovators that will develop technologies to propel the process.
In his words “Our research will aim at increasing yield and disease resistance in seeds and seedlings, developing appropriate machines and equipment to assist planting, harvesting, storage and processing of crops. This will help us fight hunger as we can make food available in our homes for the use of all.”
Dr. Onu enjoined Nigerians to be more involved in innovation, as Science and Technology is key to solving societal challenges. “The time has come for all of us, man and woman, boy and girl, rich or poor, educated or illiterate, to pursue his/her passion that can lead to innovative ideas or new ways of doing things in order to solve some of our various problems”, he added.
He also reiterated his commitment to intensify efforts on research, development and use of clean and renewable energy, which is in line with President Buhari’s commitment to reduce carbon emission. He added “we will take advantage of our geographical location near the equator to explore solar energy. We will also work to harness the hydropower potential as well as wind energy”.
Onu said that through commercialization of research results as championed by the Ministry, the nation can create solution to the issues of joblessness and fight.
A statement by Abdulganiyu Aminu, Head (Press and publicity) which disclosed this yesterday, quoted the minister as saying that, “I intend to encourage Nigerians to develop greater interest in Venture Capital, through the participation of the private sector in the commercialization of research findings”.
He further said that the Ministry will work with relevant government agencies, such as Ministry of Power and works and Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN), to help provide constant power and electricity to homes, schools, markets and power our industries.