Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, has said successive administrations since Nigeria’s independence had promised to diversify the economy but failed in implementation.
Onu who stated this at the weekend when Save Nigeria-Buhari Ambassadors paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja, assured that the present administration would break the jinx by ensuring diversification of the nation’s economy to create jobs and generate wealth.
He asserted that God created Nigeria to be a great nation, stressing that all hands must be on deck to realise the huge potentials of the country.
He assured that the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology would give priority attention to the development of research and innovation in the country, as captured in the 2016 budget.
As part of measures to boost the study of science and technology, he said the Ministry would soon embark on the distribution of science equipment to selected schools in the six geo-political zones of the country.
Speaking on the anti-corruption crusade of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, Onu said the years of impunity and arrogance of power is over.
He said following the remarkable success recorded in the fight against corruption that Nigeria’s image abroad has been on the rise, which has ushered in a “new thinking of the nation.”
Earlier, Jazeel Jamil IbrahimNational Coordinator, of Save Nigeria-Buhari Ambassadors, commended the leadership style of Mr. President.
Ibrahim who lauded the relentless efforts of the present administration in reducing corruption, called on Nigerians to throw their weight behind the administration.
Also speaking, the former Minister of Information, Dasuki Nakande, urged the information managers of the government to step up their activities, adding that there was the need for them to bridge the “information gap” between the government and the citizens.
Nakande, who is a member of the group, pointed out that during 2015 electioneering campaigns of All Progressives Congress (APC), that various platforms were deployed to create awareness, regretting such platforms including the social media have been abandoned by those saddled with the responsibility of managing information for the present administration, which has resulted in information gap.