Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr.(Sen.) Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora has said that Science, Technology and Innovation is the main driving force and fundamental to rapid socio- economic development of any nation, Nigeria inclusive.
The Minister said this during the commissioning of the Broadcast Studio of the National Science, Technology and Innovation Television (NSTI-tv) today in Abuja.
Mamora emphasized that investing in the NSTI-tv will create awareness and sustainable development and growth in the country through the STI sector.
The Minister expresses satisfaction that National Television will be a game changer for Nigerians as well as enable the citizenry to appreciate the relevance of STI in nation building.
He further said that it will ensure effective dissemination of scientific information and technological innovations in the sector, adding that the station would serve as a veritable platform to inform, educate and entertain as well as publicize scientific discoveries, inventions and achievements of various parastatals under the Ministry.
To this end, he commended Mr. President for recognizing STI as indispensable in the area of providing an enabling environment for diversification of the economy by improving the budgetary allocations to the Ministry.
Speaking, Minister of State for Science, Technology and Innovation, Chief Henry Ikechukwu Ikoh said that the NSTI-tv was introduced as part of implementation of the Presidential Executive Order No.5 to assist in establishing STI as part of everyday life of Nigerian towards achieving the National Developmental goals across all sectors of the economy.
Ikoh implored Nigerians to watch the programmes and activities aired on the station so as to remain acquainted with advances and development in the STI sector.
In his good will message, the former Chairman Senate Committee on Science and Technology, Senator Boroffice Robert Ajayi, commended the Ministry for its unrelenting efforts in making sure that the NSTI-tv is a reality.
In her remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Mrs Monilola Udoh said that the commissioning ceremony is the testimony that the Ministry has created a great platform of communicating her efforts and achievements to Nigerians and the world which will enhance the desired patronage of the laudable indigenous products.
Atuora Obed O.