Three Nigerian Students who came out on top at the 2018, 774 Young Nigerian Scientists presidential Award, have been awarded scholarship up to PhD level.
President Mohammed Buhari awarded the scholarship at the opening ceremony of the Technology and Innovation Expo’2018 in the Eagle square Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
President Buhari awarded the scholarship to Idakwaoji Daniel Omonu from FCT who came 1st, Ajisafe Solomon from Ogun State who came 2nd and Master Akingbulugbe Oluwatobiloba from Ondo State who came third.
The President said that Nigeria is a land thirst for innovation and promised to support the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology to play its important function of creating the enabling environment for technological innovation and development.
“I congratulate our best science students who have emerged as the best in the 774 local government areas of the country, I am pleased to announce that the candidates who emerged first, second and third in the final examination of the recently concluded Young Nigerian Scientists Presidential competition have been granted full scholarships, up to PHD levels in any science related discipline of their choice in any of our universities.
“The future of Nigeria belongs to the young people and it is our duty as a government to create tye enabling environment for them to grow to their full potential,” he said.
President Buhari, who was represented by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, also said that the Nigerian government is to strengthen human innovation by partnering with Bank of Industry (BON) to set up six technological hubs in each geographical zone and also build six Universities, one in each zone to fast track the development of indigenous technology.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnya Onu said that recent global events had shown that countries who heeded the injunctions of our creator by placing science and technology at the centre of their development efforts have grown to become prosperous and powerful .
He stated that Nigeria has the human resources that will help her surpass the achievement of advanced nations if it can break new frontiers that would create and nurture a better future for generations yet unborn.
“I believe that with our huge population and vast natural resources , if we remain determined and focused, we can utilized the power of science and technology to become technological leader in Africa and hence play a leading role in the global battle against poverty , diseases and illiteracy,” he said.
Dr. Onu noted that with more hands on deck, Nigeria can build stronger family that will be united in the common pursuit of deepening the depth and broadening the reach of science, technology and innovation in our economic diversification process, especially in the fast changing world.
The Secretary to the Federal Government of the Federation Boss Mustapher said that the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology is putting Nigeria on the map of greatness by bringing innovation and creativity in the development of Science and Technology.
The Director of Science and Technology, Mr.Ekanem Udo, in his opening remarks said that the Expo was expected to bring inventors and investors together for the purpose of commercialization.