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Ministry distributes indigenous science kits to schools to stimulate STI



Ministry distributes indigenous science kits to schools to stimulate STI

By Sylvester Thompson

The Ministry of Science and Technology on Tuesday distributed indigenous science kits in Abuja to selected junior and senior high schools in the 36 states of the federation and the CTF.

Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, during the distribution of the kits to the representatives of the beneficiary schools, said that it was to stimulate the interest and curiosity of young people towards the study of science and mathematics.

He said this move would go a long way in encouraging and boosting the dynamics of science, technology and innovation (STI) in the country.

“The science kits that are distributed are produced locally by the Scientific Equipment Development Institute (SEDI), Enugu.

“The preference for the native kit is in accordance with Presidential Decree No. 5.

“Using these science kits, students will explore different branches of science, including chemistry, biology, physics, ecology and astronomy,” the minister said.

The UN, which said some selected teachers were being trained in the use of the kits, noted that the effort would help potential young scientists help develop the country in the future.

The Minister stressed the need for many young people to develop an interest in the study of mathematics and science.

“This has become very important because we have to produce the necessary manpower that can help us effectively and efficiently use the abundant resources that we have in the country,” he said.

The UN regretted that Nigeria has long depended on other countries to meet its daily needs for many equipment, machines and industrial services necessary for national development.

According to him, Nigeria has human beings who, if properly educated, can fully exploit and convert its abundant natural resources into products and services.

“The continued dependence on other countries, through which we import most of the things we need, is no longer necessary,” he said.

Alhaji Abdullahi Mohammed, Minister of State for Science and Technology, in his remarks advised that the Ministry of Education should work with science and technology to develop an effective curriculum for STI in schools.

Mr. Edet Akpan, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology, said that the distribution of the science kits was aimed at providing support to address the challenges faced by students in studying science.

“It is also to demonstrate how important science is in everyday life in decision making and problem solving.

“We hope this will also help develop the minds of the students and encourage them to actively participate in activities that uplift society,” Akpan said.

A total of 40 schools in the country’s six geopolitical zones have benefited from the ministry’s gesture. (NAN)


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