By Idowu Isamotu, Abuja
THE Federal government has explained that the task of diversifying economy through science, technology and innovation is herculean, which needs capable hands, who are diligent and hardworking if desired results must be achieved.
Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu stated this in Abuja when inaugurating over 200 board members for all 17 agencies under the supervision of his ministry.
He, however, urged the newly inaugurated members not to let down the country and President Muhammadu Buhari, by following the Presidential Executive Order for the planning and execution of projects.
“I also urge you to acquaint yourselves with the Presidential Executive Order for the planning and execution of projects, programmes and contracts with science, engineering and technology components recently signed by Mr. President,” he said.
Speaking with journalists after the event, Board Chairman, Sheda Science and Technology Complex (SHEDA), Sen. Ayo Arise expressed confidence that Nigerians, the President and the minister would not be disappointed in all members of the board.
According to him, the members of the board would do all within their powers to deliver the change that Nigerians had been promised.
Responding to a question on why the inauguration was coming late, Arise said, “I guess the common saying is that better late than never..
“Since this is the time this has become possible, what we are expecting is that everyone will put it best into this job to ensure that the dividends of this democracy and the slogan of change has relevance in respective agencies that they have formed a board for.
“Also, we all listened to the speech of the minister, I think this is the time for us, however, short the period will be to make a difference in our respective agencies and ensure that employment, innovation and show of presence of activity from this respective agencies, even justifying why they are in position.”