The Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, has stressed the need for increased investment in science, technology and innovation for Africa’s economic development and social progress.
The minister made the call on Monday when the Country Operations Manager of African Development Bank Lawson Zankli, visited him in his office in Abuja.
Onu, who identified science, technology and innovation as the bedrock of any developed nation, expressed worry that Africa had not utilised the potential in the sector to transform its enormous resources.
He, therefore, called for concerted efforts in the fight against poverty and disease on the continent through adoption of emerging technologies and innovations.
The minister also said that Africa could leverage on science and technology to not only to create jobs, but stem the movement of youths to developed continents in search of better opportunities.