Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Benedict Ayade, has said that until research, science, technology and Infrastructure development form the bedrock of Nigeria’s economic development strategy, then, Nigeria has not attained true independence.
According to a statement issued by the Press and Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation, Prof. Ayade as a recipient of Award of Excellent Performance was speaking at the Appreciation and Award Day Ceremony organized by the three Trade Unions of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) Headquarters.
The programme was organised under the auspices of Joint Action Congress (JAC) where the Congress recognised those who had helped the Agency to attain its present status of national importance.
“What Nigeria had in 1960 as political independence was not complete until the country ends her over dependence on foreigners for everything,” the Governor said.
The governor while speaking on behalf of the rest of the awardees which included the Executive Vice Chairman/CE of NASENI, Prof Mohammed Sani Haruna (Lifetime Achiever Award), said that a nation is truly independent if it is not technologically dependent.
According to Ayade, the independence of Nigeria in 1960 was a mere political independence and that is why the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) has come to bridge the technology gaps.
“Independence is when Nigeria becomes self-reliance in technology and engineering development”, he stressed.