The Federal Government has disclosed its intention to pursue and explore opportunities for rapid development and industrialization by harnessing potentials of nanotechnology.
In his speech at the inauguration of national steering committee on the development of nanotechnology in Nigeria, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu said the main objective was to pool together experts and stakeholders in nanotechnology with a view of fashioning out a roadmap for Nigeria’s active development and utilization of the technology, pointing out that the committee was expected to produce a policy that would guide nanotechnology operation in the country.
He said: “Science is in agreement that nano-science and nano-engineering are leading to unprecedented understanding and control over fundamental building blocks of all physical things. Until recently, Nigeria seemed to have been a bystander watching technological achievements without her peremptory participation. With the inauguration of this committee today, the narrative is set to be rewritten.”
According to him, “In the past, the FMST (his ministry) had led in the promotion of cutting edge technologies in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), biotechnology; space science technology and renewable energy which have all enhanced the lives of our citizens through job and wealth. We therefore, intend to take full advantage of this relatively new technology called nanotechnology.”
The minister noted that nanotechnology is one of the areas of science and technology that is crucial to any nation’s development due to its multiplier impact on the economy as is the case in the developed countries.
“Nigeria at this stage of its development cannot be left on the need to urgently embrace nanotechnology advances because of the inherent benefits the country will derive from its application,” he stated.
He urged the committee to attach high degree of importance to the national assignment in order to achieve the aim, saying the committee was expected to drive the ministry’s desire of providing a comprehensive national nanotechnology policy and implementation strategies that could serve as reference and guidelines for national needs and aspirations on deployment of this technology.
Responding, the chairman of the national steering committee on nanotechnology development, Mr Oyefeso Akinyemi who is the director, chemical technology department in the ministry said the committee would try its best to accomplished its mandate on schedule.
He averred that the committee would play a leading role in putting Nigeria on the world map on nanotechnology, adding it would collaborate with MDAs to encourage research and development in nanotechnology in tertiary institutions and research institutes.
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