Nigeria’s Minister of Science and technology Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has urged young scientists representing Nigeria in the forth-coming International Junior Science Olympiad, to strive to win the gold medal for the country.
Dr. Onu stated this, when the Team Nigeria which will be representing Nigeria at the 2019 International Junior Science Olympaid Competition in Doha, Qatar, paid him a courtesy call in Abuja, Nigeria.
The Minister expressed optimism and assured the team of necessary support from the Ministry.
“we are so proud of you and congratulate you that among all Nigeria student within the category of SSS that you were selected throughout the secondary schools in the 36 States of the federation including the F.C.T and out of twelve of you, six will be further selected to represent Nigeria at the International Young Scientific Olympiad. We know that you will do the very best and bring back gold medals for Nigeria. He added”
“Nobody will call you by name at Qatar, you will be known as Team Nigeria, because you are Ambassadors representing Nigeria and through you, others people will develop interest in science, technology and “
“Through you, Nigeria will develop up to the point where people from all over the world will come here to have a better life, which is the future we intend for this country” he said “.
Earlier, the Director of Science and Technology promotion in the Ministry, Dr. Ekanem Udoh, expressed confidence in the Junior Olympiads to win the International Competition due to the high level of support and preparation given to them.
“We are hoping that, by the training given to these students, they will emerge and return back home as the topmost competitors”.
One of the Olympiads, Miss Favour Effiok, from Akwa-Ibom, State expressed confident in the team to perform excellently, in the competition adding that they will make Nigeria proud.
The International Junior Science Olympiad was introduced in 2004, to promote and reward the pursuit of excellence in scientific endeavour and to stimulate gifted Students to further develop their talents in natural Science.
Participants of Team Nigeria were drawn from twelve States of the Federation and were camped for a week in preparation and selection of the best six that will represent Nigeria in the upcoming competition.
Qatar is going to be the first Arab and Asian country to host this prestigious competition this year where over three hundred students across fifty countries of the world will meet during the completion to test their knowledge and skills in the areas of Physics Chemistry and Biology.
Nigeria’s Minister of Science and Technology for State, Mr. Mohammed Abudllahi is to lead Team Nigeria to the 16thInternational Junior Science Olympiad from 2nd to 12thDecember, 2019 in Doha, Qatar.