FG to preserve past scientific feats in National Museum

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Og­bonnaya Onu has ex­plained that the idea behind the move to establish the National Science and Technology Mu­seum (NSTM) is to encourage the involvement of Nigerians, especially youths, to re-orien­tate their mindsets toward im­bibing science and technology as way of life.

Onu who gave the expla­nation while receiving a re­port from the committee set up on the project noted that with the various science, tech­nology and innovation policies evolved by the Ministry, Nige­ria will soon produce noble laureates in the sciences.

One of such policies, accord­ing to him, is the proposed es­tablishment of the National Science and Technology Mu­seum to lay the foundation for infrastructural development of the country.

The Minister noted that the Museum is a unique project given the fact that if the proj­ect was utilized it would serve as a catalyst for scientific and technological development of the country.

He pointed out that “our an­cestors understudied and un­derstood their environments” which culminated in their domination of territories and kingdoms to produce artefacts’ such as Ife Bronze, Nok culture, Benin historical walls and arte­facts and Igbo –Ukwu artefacts through their creative deploy­ment of science and technolo­gy.

Onu noted that the Muse­um is a unique project given the fact that if this project is utilized it will serve as a cata­lyst in the process of technol­ogy and innovation develop­ment in Nigeria.

He encouraged Nigerians to key into the Museum project especially at the states level, as this will enable our youths to utilize and deploy science and technology for sectoral devel­opment of our nation.

The Minister also assured that “though we are at the verge of another era of devel­opment through the establish­ment of this project, we will be able to display our com­mitment and political will by turning things around for the betterment of the average Ni­gerian Youths.”

He commended the com­mittee for its hard work and commitment in delivering the reports within the stipulated period.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Committee, the Director of Sci­ence Technology Promotion in the Ministry, Mr. Ekanem Udoh told the Minister that the Museum, when complet­ed will incorporate the Sci­ence and Technology Innova­tion (STI) of early Nigerians in a manner that will showcase that they understood their en­vironment and will also help the youths to have hands- on knowledge of natural phenom­ena and important scientific and technological events.

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