A human resource developmental organisation, the Osk Leverages and Vie Logistique Nig. Ltd., has urged African nations and Nigeria in particular to embrace science, technology and agriculture for economic growth.
The group made the call at a one-day career talk for science students in secondary schools in Owerri on Tuesday as part of its career talk programme in the nine states of the Niger Delta.
The programme, tagged “Bridging the Local Content Gap in Nigeria’s Industrial Sector: Science, Technology and Engineering to the Rescue”, was sponsored by Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).
Mr Kola Samuel, a human resource personnel and the Lead Trainer, said countries that desired rapid growth of its economy and wanted to be reckoned with in the committee of nations must embrace science and technology from the onset.
He described science and engineering technology as the future of any country and keys to national development.
Samuel said the programme was aimed at ensuring that more Nigerian students embraced science with interest in invention and innovative ventures.
“The aim is to put science consciousness in the minds of our students as future leaders to help fill the technnical gap in the Nigerian science and technology sector.
“We want to see our youths working in the oil and gas industry; we want to avoid technology transfer as most of the people doing well in almost all sectors in the foreign countries are Nigerians,” he said.
The representative of NCDMB, Mr Sallahudeen Mahammad, said the board was concerned with building human capacity for a better society.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the programme is being carried out in the nine states of the Niger Delta.
Mohammad said the focus was on encouraging children from the region to embrace science, technology and agriculture as the main stay of the nation’s economy.
“This project is based on training the future leaders – students and undergraduates – to pay attention to science, technology and agriculture for import and inventions.
“Catching them young is very important,” he said.
Muhammad commended the organisers of the programme for the success and advised the students to remain focused, be hard working and make friends that would help them realise their ambitions in life.
Mr Idowu Adejumo, the Chief Executive Officer of Osk Leverages and Vie Logistique Nig. Ltd., encouraged the students to take the training programme serious.
He enjoined them to aspire to be the best in all they would do; embrace science, technology and agriculture for sustainable economic growth.
Students expressed delight at being exposed to the core science subjects and the encouragement from the facilitators and lead trainer.
They pledged to be more serious with their subjects, especially the core sciences and be better citizens.