The Minister of State for Science, Technology and Innovation, Barr. Mohammed Abdullahi, has said that exposing Nigerian students to vocational training will gainfully engage them.
Speaking when he received the CEO/founder, Across Atlantic Organization, Dr. David Apollus, in his office today (November 18) in Abuja, Abdullahi said that Science, Technology, Innovation Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) remained an avenue for exposure for students in science education to focus on skill acquisition which will help to overcome the nation’s basic challenges.
The minister said the FMST was not only focusing on genetic science and the current biotechnology revolution but on AI and aerobatics so that the nation can be part of the global changers.
He expressed satisfaction that the training will expose the youths who are graduates in areas of electronic engineering, ICT and computer science so that they can be engaged and focus on innovation.
Abdullahi equally regretted the fact that the world intellectual property organization does not have enough data on Nigeria’s innovation ecosystem, where Nigeria youths can showcase their creativity and innovation techniques as they are at the forefront of modern scientific innovations such as Fintech.
He stated that the challenge Nigeria faces currently revolved around engaging youths in productive employment, in terms of manufacturing, production of raw materials and agricultural products.
Earlier, the chairman and chief executive of Across Atlantic Organization, Dr. David Apollus, told the minister that the purpose of their visit was to seek the ministry’s collaboration and partnership in leadership training across Nigeria and Africa, respectively.