The Minister of State for Science Technology and Innovation, Barr. Mohammed Abdullahi, has said that science technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is important to socio-economic development, seeing as the fate of the global community lies solely in these subjects.
Speaking at the first international conference themed ‘Advocacy for applied sciences, research and quality STEM education through Erasmus’ in Lagos, he maintained the future, fate and destiny of the world’s youths is dependent on STI which plays a vital role in all spheres of global affairs be it military, economy, entertainment etc.
Abdullahi, who was represented by the director-general of the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO), Mrs. Agnes Asagbra, emphasised that STEM should be embraced by every Nigerian, adding that STEM education should be a priority to engaging the younger generation to create a better country.
The minister also said studies have shown that STEM workers play a major role in the sustainability, growth and stability of every nation, thereby creating critical thinkers, increasing science literacy and generating more innovators.
He also emphasised the agenda of President Buhari’s administration which is hinged on the need for all Nigerians to harness the country’s natural resources for growth and economic sustainability, as well as the need for STEM in all schemes of affairs.
The minister called on African nations to be passionate in the pursuance of STI in getting it right, as this would harness all its intellectual and natural capabilities to achieve socio-economic development.