Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has said that his ministry is set to deploy appropriate technologies to help surmount the security challenges confronting the country.
Onu disclosed this at the presentation of grants for journal publication to the Nigerian academies of science, engineering, social sciences, letters, and education at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja yesterday.
He said appropriate technologies would be deployed in the area of intelligence gathering, monitoring of suspects, and development of platforms to effectively fight insecurity in Nigeria.
The minister noted that the challenge of insecurity has negatively impacted the socio-economic development of the country, lamenting that farms and school activities have been grounded in some parts of the country.
“Without security, Nigeria cannot achieve meaningful sustainable development; the time has come for Nigeria to apply science, technology, and innovation to national security,” Onu said.
According to him, the ministry, through the National Space Research Development Agency (NASRDA), is working tirelessly to use space technology in intelligence gathering and other sensitive aspects of national security.
The Federal Government, he added, is also working hard to ensure that Nigeria’s economy is diversified, in an inclusive and sustainable manner, from being dependent on resources and commodities to knowledge and innovation-driven ones.
Onu called on the five major academies in the country (science, engineering, social sciences, letters, and education) to work in harmony for the overall interest of Nigeria. He also charged them to effectively contribute their quota to national development and knowledge in the country.
President of Nigerian Academy of Science, Prof. Mosto Onuoha, said the grants given would go a long way in boosting the activities of the academies.
He thanked the ministry for the annual gesture, revealing that his academy had been able to collate her proceedings in a book form, made possible by the grants.
He added that his academy has published a book on COVID-19 responses by various Nigerian scientists.