Minister commends ECOWAS for proposed West Africa Science Academy

Chioma Eche, Abuja

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Nigeria's Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have been commended for the proposed establishment of the West African Academy of Science.

Nigeria’s Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu made the commendation when he received the ECOWAS Commissioner for Education, Science and Culture, Professor Leopoldo Amado in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

According to Dr. Onu, the establishment of the Academy would give Scientists, Engineers and Innovators in the sub-region opportunities to interact and exchange ideas on Science, Technology and Innovation with a view to redirect the development of the region.

Natural resources
He stressed the need for Nigeria and other ECOWAS countries to harmonise their enormous human capital and natural resources to be economically self-sufficient.

”ECOWAS countries also need to concentrate their attention on Science, Technology and Innovation so as to ensure faster and sustainable development, “Dr. Onu said.

Utilising opportunity
The Minister enjoined the ECOWAS to utilise the opportunity of the forthcoming conference of Ministers of Science and Technology to focus on Science and Technology to be the driver of their respective economies.

The ECOWAS Commissioner on Education, Science and Culture, Professor Leopoldo Amado said Science, Technology and Innovation was among the core-mandate of the ECOWAS in line with the treaty signed in 2012 by the Heads of member states that Science and Technology should form the core of development.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere