The governor says that science and technology should be used to empower the future generation.
The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has made a case for application of scientific breakthroughs in the country to foster economic development.
Mr. Ajimobi, who made the appeal in Ibadan on Monday while flagging-off the 12th annual conference of the National Council on Science and Technology at the Premier Hotel, Mokola, called for collaboration among the various states in the country to achieve this.
In a welcome address delivered on his behalf by the Permanent Secretary, Oyo State Ministry of Industry, Applied Science and Technology, Augustine Okesola, the governor urged the participating state governments to give priority attention to the training and re-training of staff so as to improve their proficiency in the quest for technology development.
“Let us use science and technology to empower the up-and-coming, the future and posterity and make them know that Science and Technology deployed in the service of humanity or the advancement of the human race is the real Science and Technology,” Mr. Ajimobi said.
Delegates from the 36 states of the federation including officials of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology and other relevant parastatals and agencies are participating in the week-long meeting, themed “Science, Technology and Innovations: Catalyst for actualization of Transformation Agenda”. Minister of Science and Technology, Ita Okon Bassey Ewa, will preside over the council meeting on Thursday, March 21.