The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu said that African youths must be encouraged to study subjects bordering on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics(STEM) for their respective countries to achieve sustainable and meaningful development.
The Minister said this in Abuja, at his investiture as the Patron for the upcoming Sahel Military games.
Dr. Onu who was made the patron of the Sahel Military games which is to be held in Nigeria said that the games would help integrate African armies and foster peace in the Sahel region.
He further advocated for African nations to invest more in Scientific Research and Development.
Dr. Onu said that for African countries to stem the tide of illegal migration through the Mediterranean Sea, they must be self sufficient and indigenously develop technologies.
Earlier the Minister of state for Science and Technology, Barr. Mohammed Abdullahi, said the Ministry has dedicated some of its research and development components for the production of sporting and other related items such as military combat boots for physical fitness and foot protection in rugged environments.
He further appealed to the organisation to patronise the products from indigenous research and development agencies, adding that they are of good quality and their patronage will encourage local production, wealth creation, save foreign exchange and boost the socio-economic situation.
In his remarks, the president of the board of Organisation of Military Sports in Africa, (OSMA) Brig. Gen Maikano Abdullahi, said that the upcoming Sahel games was to encourage military integration and promote peace especially in the Sahel sub-region of Africa.
PRESS AND PR
26TH JULY 2021