The chairperson, Senate Committee on Science and Technology, Senator Uche Ekwunife has urged Federal government to invest in Science and Technology to move the country out of poverty, encourage young entrepreneurs and create more job opportunities.
Senator Ekwunife made the call when she led members of the committee on an oversight function to National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure in the state.
The agency will excel in infrastructure development and poverty reduction if given the necessary attention.
Senator Ekwunife while applauding the efforts put in place by the institute in spite of numerous challenges expressed displeasure over numerous graduates at various centers without start up fund and asked the government to invest more.
Also speaking, the Zonal Director, National Board for Technology Incubation, Dr. Uche Chukwu expressed gratitude to the Committee in ensuring that the centers thrive and applauded the instrumentality of the state government in actualizing the center’s mandate even as she pleaded that the Federal Government should look into some of their pressing needs for optimal performance.
Receiving the Committee at the various institutes, the Managing Directors of Electronic Development Institute Enugwu-Agidi, Dr. Patrick Okwu and his National Engineering Design Development Institute, NEDDI, Nnewi, Dr. Arinze Nwosu while reading out the core Institute’s mandate, highlighted some breakthrough but regretted that the monthly overhead cost allocated to the institutes hampers the achievement of their full potentials.