Chief-Ogbonnaya, Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu has said Nigeria will import crude oil one day.
Speaking when he played host to the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers, led by its President, Prof. Emenike Wami, in his office, Monday, the minister enjoined Nigerians to prepare for a period when they would use up every petroleum product produced in the country because of rapid growth in the economy and would no longer export crude oil but depend on import.
Onu said that there was nothing wrong importing crude oil, adding that there were many countries that produced more crude oil than Nigeria but also imported.
He gave an example of Indonesia, which according to him, used to export crude oil, but, as their economy grew, it got to a level where they needed all they could produce and now depended on import.
He enjoined the society to help in commercialising many of the research findings of agencies under the ministry.
“As engineers, you are in a position to ensure that many of the things that we import in Nigeria can be produced here in the country.
“We want to make it possible for a Nigerian who has a good idea to see that idea becomes either a product or service that will be available in the market place that is what this ministry is working towards, ” he stated
“As engineers, you are in a position to ensure that many of the things that we import in Nigeria can be produced here in the country.” Dr Onu