he Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, has said Nigeriana need to learn how to use technological know-how effectively for the nation’s development and drive for industrialization from the drivers of the defunct Biafran Republic who are still alive.
The minister made this statement at commissioning of Technology Orientation Centre, built by the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), at the Idu area of Abuja, yesterday.
The Minister expressed regrets that the country has failed to take little or full advantage of the great minds and innovations propelled by the three-year war which started on Thursday, 6th of July, 1967 and ended on Thursday, 15th of Jan 1970.
He pointed out that technological innovations made by those on the Biafran side during the war could have been used to further the country’s developmental agenda, even though the innovators had no university education.
He was quoted as saying “I recall that during the civil war, we had so many innovators from Nnewi and other parts of eastern region then. So many people, who didn’t have university education, developed so many technological infrastructures in the East. But it looks like after the war, they were forgotten. I think Nigeria should look for these great minds that may not have had university education but in terms of innovativeness, they sustained to a great deal the then Biafra Republic Army.”
He also urged Nigerians to produce essential products needed for everyday use locally to avoid importation and growth of the economy.
He said, “Again, there is need for us to start challenging ourselves. Number one, up till today, toothpicks are still imported; serviette papers are still being imported. Up till today, so many small things are still imported into Nigeria. These are things that ordinarily if we have them produced locally, will be patronized by virtually every Nigerian. I will suggest that our immediate target like the President has always said, is that we should produce what we eat.”