Onu Charges Innovators On National Growth

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The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu (middle) flanked by ministry officials and award-winning innovators during plaques/prize presentation yesterday in Abuja.

The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has charged innovators to build a strong science, technology and innovation- driven nation that is united, peaceful, prosperous and highly respected globally.

He gave this charge at the presentation of prizes, cash, awards/plaques to outstanding exhibitors/innovators of the 2021 STI EXPO yesterday in Abuja.  

He tasked awardees to work harder to provide more solutions bordering on STI challenges, further urging them to make good use of the cash prizes given to them.  

Earlier, the ministry’s permanent secretary, Mr. Edet Akpan, in his remarks urged the awardees to improve upon their innovations until they are fully commercialised.

He said awardees should be focused on building a better Nigeria that is science, technology and innovation- driven.

The awards presented include:

Junior Engineer, Technician and Scientist (JETS) category:

1st position: Calvary Arrows College, Gboko Benue State.

2nd position: St. Thomas Aquinas College, Akure.

3rd position: Junior Secondary School, Phase 3 Gwagwalada FCT Abuja.

Technology entrepreneur category:

1st – Inventor Ernest W. Adzor.

2nd – Project Team on COVID-19.

3rd – Wooks Brothers Nig. Ltd. 

Research institutions category:

1st – Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC).

2nd – National Research Institute for Chemical Technology (NARICT).

3rd – National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD).

Other prizes/awards presentation:

Miss Faith Odunsi, winner 2021 global open mathematics competition.

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