Anambra State Government says it is ready to partner primary and secondary schools in the state on science and technology development.
Gov. Willie Obiano said this during the World Space Week celebration with the ‘Young Scientist Centre’, at the St. John of God Secondary School, Awka.
The governor was represented at the occasion by Mr Michael Orekyeh, Special Assistant (SA) to Governor on material texting. He also coordinates Morek Stem network.
The governor noted that six students from Anambra were placed tops during a recent World Technovation competition in the U.S.
He stressed that the state government was ready to identify with the young scientist centre in sustaining their activities for the future.
“The greatest capital any society has is not mineral resources but the human capital. It is human beings that make every other thing to work,’’ Obiano added.
He observed that countries like Japan, China and North Korea do not have natural resources but they are better than Nigeria because they make optimal use of science and technology.
“We have been shown to be brilliant in excelling in all we do but things have not been working well due to structure and well planned programmes that will help to nurture the talents.
“The essence of the programme is not just to make money but to help the young scientists to show the society what they are capable of doing and to encourage them to excel in the future.
“We have to move from equating success with money but equating it with what you are capable of producing in terms of science and technology.
“These are the future hopes of Ndi Anambra; these young students will be channelled to the right direction, so that they will not deviate from the training they have been receiving,’’ Obiano said.
Earlier, Coordinator of the programme, Rev. Sr. Bernadette Ezeliora said the celebration of world space week with the young scientist had consistently been celebrated in the state since 2014.
She said that the Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM FAIR) had been added to world space week and would run concurrently as an annual event.
“We want to help these young minds to develop technological skills to solve the problem facing the society and Anambra State. It is the only state in Nigeria that has been consistent in celebrating the event.
“The importance of the programme is to expose the young scientists to the world so they can compete with others,’’ she said.
Ezeliora emphasised that young scientists would gain a lot from the event, having listened to the various speakers.
Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Nnamdi Obikeze said that he was impressed with the display of the students’ handiwork.
Obikeze noted that the student’s performance was a testimony to the fact that Anambra government under Gov. Obiano was education-friendly.
“I encourage the students to continue with what they have started and I also appeal to the state government to continue to identify with the organisers of the event.
“Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board (ASUBEB) should continue to partner with the young scientists centre to ensure success.
“Individuals should also support the young scientists to actualise their dream,’’ Obikeze said.
Technological inventions by primary and secondary schools such as, Rocket launcher, Portable Hydroelectric generator, Robot Space traveller, Moon Phase were displayed at the occasion. (MOI)