Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, has said Nigeria will soon join the league of countries in space exploration.
Onu made the statement during his address at the 2020 national convention of the Izzi Old Students Association, which held at the Faculty of Education, Ebonyi State University (EBSU), Ishieke campus, News Agency of Nigeria reports.
He said that science and engineering were important to nation-building, noting that the strength of the economy of any nation was dependent on its scientific and technological advancement.
The minister urged teachers and school administrators to encourage their students to embrace science, engineering, and technology.
“It is sad that the students after rendering the school’s anthem started mentioning the professions that they will like to pursue, but not even one mentioned engineering,” the minister said.
“The principals and teachers should bring people who can enlighten the students on the importance of engineering to nation-building.”
When asked, he said the countries has plans to send people to space, adding that it would be very sad if young people in the country do not aspire to become engineers.
“Yes, we have that plan; don’t ever think it cannot be done, it may take 20 years, 30 years, but we have that plan and I will be very happy to see somebody from this school to go into space and you cannot do it without science and engineering,” the minister added.
Onu stated that countries like China, Japan and Singapore benefited from science and engineering.
He maintained that no country, whether small or large, can grow the economy without emphasising science and engineering.