CHAIRMAN of the country’s Southern Governors’ Forum, SGF, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has is alarmed and spoken out, saying that Nigerians are living in fear over the unending insecurity across the length and breadth of the country.
Akeredolu, who is also a senior lawyer, former president of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria,
SAN, made the observation as he was receiving members of the Governing Board of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, led by the Chairman, Ambassador Godknows Igali to his office in Akure, the capital of Ondo State.
“The people are living in fear and something must be done urgently to address the situation and restore hope to the minds of the people.
“Look at what is happening in Zamfara. They try to clothe it and call them bandits. They are terrorists. So, the growth in science cannot be based on just your charge but the conducive environment in the country,” he said.
Continuing, the governor stressed the need to make Nigeria a liveable place for everybody to harness their talents for the growth and development of the country.
“To achieve Nigeria’s goals for science and technological advancement, the country must be made conducive for living, particularly for the young ones.
“For us in science and technology, we need to do more. Japan, China, and other developed countries sends people to where science is the best. We have heard of countries that send their people to the USA to train in Science and Technology.
“They didn’t stay there. They went back to their country to develop it. Commitment to one’s country is key. But we need to make this country a liveable place so that the young ones will be confident and have hope to live in this country.”
On the issue of open grazing, Akeredolu stressed the need for the country to embrace modern ways of animal husbandry, which he described as old and
now illegal in the state.
“Today, I can say there are modern ways of animal husbandry, and we have to take the bull by the horns.
“We are not afraid to take decisions. Modernity has taught us that you can extract more milk from cows in a modern way, better than when you take them from one place to another.
It is about science. People have developed that science.
“I’m happy when I see Mr. President go to Katsina and visit his cows. They are well-kept. The technology of animal husbandry, we must embrace it.”
He described FUTA as one of the leading universities in the country, particularly in terms of research, saying, “We take pride in FUTA and its achievements over time. And I have had serious connections with FUTA not only as a governor.
“We have a strong relationship with FUTA. FUTA for us is one of the leading universities of technology in Nigeria, if not the leading. One of our lecturers won the best researcher award in the country. I congratulate you.
In his remark earlier, chairman of the Governing Council, Ambassador Godknows Igali, who was accompanied by the Vice-chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape, lauded Governor Akeredolu’s strides.
Igali said: “Seeing the transformation, especially the urban renewal, it is tremendous. Your focus on education, we know what you are doing at Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, OAUSTECH.
“Since you assumed office, you have done a lot, and you have shown yourself to be a friend of the university. You helped us established the tech hub. You have helped the University in terms of some external works.” Igali lauded Akeredolu “for all the efforts that were put in to get the approval for the medical college,” adding that “we will be able to get serious research into the medical science,” and reiterated the commitment of
President Muhammadu Buhari to the growth of science and technology in the country.
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