Buhari is matching words with action, calls on Nigerians to look beyond present challenges – Onu
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari is matching his words with action, calling on Nigerians to look beyond the present challenges and see the bright light ahead of the present administration.
The minister, who spoke while on an inspection tour of the Usman Danfodiyo University Sokoto, UDUS, Energy Research Center otherwise known as Sokoto Energy Research Center maintained that, no nation can develop without adequate investment in science and technology.
He stated that Nigeria can only attain greatness with diversification in different spheres, starting from source of national income to energy requirement as well as encouraging mechanized agriculture and innovations.
While lamenting that a princely sum of N1billion is spent monthly on the importation of rice, Onu wondered why the nation should import food when God has endowed the country with all it needed to attain food security.
He insisted that, the time has come for Nigerians to start thinking of investing in the future. Just as he divulged that, Nigeria has better atmospheric and geographic conditions to produce food and solar energy all year round.
According to the minister, “President Buhari is matching words with actions. We came in and said we don’t want Nigeria to fall. Therefore, we urged Nigerians not to think of only today and tomorrow but also start investing in the future.
“If nation’s like China and India that has population of over a billion people have been behaving like Nigeria what would have happened to them by now in terms of food security?
“Nigeria spent over 1 billion naira a day in importing rice into the country and funny enough, many of the things we are looking for now, are things which we produced and exported them in the past.
“Food security in Nigeria is a must. Nigeria can feed Nigerians and we must show that, Nigerians have no reason to go to bed hungry,” he said, expressing optimism that Nigeria can achieve greatness through science and technology.