By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has disclosed that investments in science research institutions will help in reviving the country’s economy.
The Governor made this disclosure on Thursday while speaking during a courtesy visit to him by the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu.
Mr Wike, who received his guest at the Government House in Port Harcourt on Thursday, also pointed out that diversified economy will create employment opportunities for the people.
“We must sustain the development of technology for the growth of the country. I urge that we begin to use research reports from science institutes to attain the desired growth.
“The development of relevant machinery and equipment will help create jobs locally and enhance the economy,” the Governor told the Minister.
He also commended the Minister for establishing the Chemical Equipment and Machinery Development Institute in Port Harcourt.
Mr Wike said the Minister has exhibited maturity by siting the project in Rivers State, pointing out that other Ministers would have been influenced by political considerations.
Governor Wike directed the Administrator of Greater Port Harcourt City Development Authority to liaise with the Ministry of Science and Technology for the allocation of land for the institute.
Earlier, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu stated that the Chemical Equipment and Machinery Development Institute is a part of the process to build a knowledge based economy that will sustain the country.
Mr Onu said that the over reliance on oil and gas has made it difficult for the country’s economy to grow in view of emerging realities.
“The decision has been made to make Nigeria an innovation driven economy. We are determined to work hard to ensure this succeeds.
“If there is a problem with oil, we will still strive. For us to do this, we need to build capacity, look inwards and use our natural resources in ways that will improve our economy,” he said.
The Minister said that Rivers State plays a very important role in the chemical and petrochemical sector of the nation’s economy.
“We want the institute to be a centre of excellence in the chemical and petrochemical sector of the nation’s economy. The results of the research will be available to the private sector. We will be in a position to grow our economy,” he added.
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