By Stanley Iwuoha
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that his administration will modify government policy by deploying technology to all sectors in the country.
President Buhari disclosed this at the opening ceremony of the National Engineering Conference and Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Society of Engineers in Abuja on Tuesday.
President Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, also spoke on the fall-outs of Covid-19 pandemic, saying that the pandemic has stressed the need for the deployment of technology for knowledge-sharing.
“My administration is working to deliver better governance at a reduced cost to Nigerians, government policy is being modified to provide for deployment of technology so that the new normal can be leveraged upon in all sectors and at all government engagements”.
President Buhari commended Nigerian engineers for inventing technologies for the prevention of the spread of Covid-19.
While saying that there are challenges in the area of quick tests for Covid-19 and alternative sources of revenue given our over-dependence on oil, the President appealed to Nigerian engineers to develop appropriate machinery, technologies and solutions in agro-economy, power supply, especially solar energy which is urgently needed to boost the economy.
He said the Federal Government will continue to engage and work closely with professionals, scientists and engineers, so as to achieve sustainable socio-economic development for the country in line with the Executive Order 05 which place Nigerian professionals, especially engineers at the center of economic activities.
On empowerment of Nigerian youth, Dr. Onu said more attention would be paid to the development of Science and Engineering in schools, adding that the ongoing industrial action by the Academic Staff of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) would be resolved as soon as possible.
In his words, “My administration is striving hard to resolve the issues with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Nigerian government-owned universities to provide transparency, efficient use of funds and completion of projects in our universities.”
“The future of our nation rests on our youth. Everything must be done to give them the education they need, to help build a nation that all of us will be proud of”, he added.
He highlighted the achievements of the current administration in improving infrastructure in the country, to include the Lagos-Ibadan/Warri-Itakpe rail line, the second Niger bridge, the East-West road, Abuja-Kaduna-Kano Road and the Abuja, Kaduna, Kano (AKK) gas pipeline.