The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology is to initiate science-based programmes and projects in Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, north-central, Nigeria.
The Minister of State in the Ministry, Barrister, Mohammed Abdullahi disclosed this when the Chairman of Karu Local Government Area, Mr. Samuel Akala in company of Traditional rulers paid him a courtesy call in Abuja, Nigeria.
Barrister Abdullahi, said Karu is the nearest Local Government to the nations capital and deserves to have essential infrastructure that would benefit its cosmopolitan inhabitants.
He further said that the Ministry will support Karu local government to help re-orientate children to embrace and study Science and its related subjects.
“Nations develop because of Technology and Innovation; we have many research institutes developing research in various fields for commercialization to add value to the society”. He added.
The Minister reiterated his commitment to the infrastructural development of Karu Local Government Area, saying the Ministry would encourage the opportunity to facilitate the relevant agencies of the Ministry to champion developmental projects in the area
He also noted the initiation of affordable housing schemes for staff of the Ministry who reside in Karu, due to its close proximity to the nation’s capital.
Barrister, Abdullahi commended the traditional leaders of the Karu local government area for ensuring enduring peace and development, despite the Area being a point of many ethnic groups in Nigeria.
Earlier, the Chairman of Karu Local Government Area Mr. Samuel Akala, said they will seek closer collaboration with the Ministry in many areas of mutual benefit.
He also appealed to the Minister of State, to intervene in the Infrastructural decay currently experienced by the Local Government, overstretched due to its close proximity to the nation’s capital.
On his part, the Etsu of Karu, Luka Panya-Baba who heads the Traditional Council of Karu local government area, praised the Minister of State for his past achievement while serving in Nasarawa State and offered royal fatherly prayers for his continual success in office.