In line with its statutory responsibilities, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Mineral Resources, Anambra State, has held its 2014 National Science and Technology (NASTECH) week in Awka, Anambra State capital.
The annual event began on the third of February, 2015 with a science quiz competition organized for Secondary Schools at the Community/Education centre in Okpuno and ended yesterday with a workshop/exhibition by schools and institutions at the King David’s Hotel in Awka.
The Science/ETS Quiz was conducted for secondary schools from the six educational zones in the state, and certificates and cash prizes were awarded to participated schools and students as motivation to encourage the study of science subjects.
Speaking at the occasion, the Commissioner for Science, Technology and Mineral Resources, Mr. Obi Nwankwo averred that the week is an annual programme aimed at popularizing and promoting science and technology, adding that it was geared towards creating formidable platform for the younger generation to showcase their talents on enterprise and industrialization.
Nwankwo noted that the programme would intimate people how to transform available natural resources into finished goods and services, as well as to provide avenue for students to improve on teaching and learning of science subjects.
He added that the exhibition would afford inventors, innovators, schools and institutions greater opportunity to exhibit their ingenuity, creativity, inventiveness, innovativeness, and technological prowess, especially now the state government through the ministry intend to provide ICT labs in all Secondary Schools in the state with a view to enabling students to be abreast of global ICT developments.
The Commissioner, while disclosing that Governor Willie Obiano has approved for training of about 500 unemployed youths of the state on skills acquisition so as to make them self reliant, thanked the Governor for his support and unrelenting drive to make Anambra a science and technology driven state.
In a paper presentation during the workshop, a resource person from the Department of Environmental Management, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli, Mr. Ikegbunam F.I. said the current material wealth and economic prosperity of the world are the products of Science and Technology.