Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, has charged pupils representing the country in the International Junior Science Olympiad to strive hard to win the gold medal for Nigeria.
According to report, the coming competition has been billed to take place in Qatar by December, 2019.
Twelve pupils, who just rounded up a training camp where they prepared for the competition, visited the Minister on Thursdsay as he made them to understand that Nigerians are counting on them to win the competition.
“We believe you will do your very best and bring the gold medal to Nigeria. Only the best will be good enough for Nigeria. We have hosted this competition in the past and we believe that this year you will do us proud by winning the gold medal,” the Minister stated.
Onu expressed optimism that through the students’ performance at the event, other young people would be inspired to focus more on science, technology and innovation.
“Through you, we believe Nigeria will develop up to the point where people from all over the world will come here to have a better life that is the future we intend for this country. Nigerian youths will no longer take risk of passing through the desert or the sea to get to Europe for greener pastures,” Onu stated.
The Director of Science and Technology Promotion in the Ministry, Dr. Ekanem Udoh, also urged the pupils to excel in the coming competition due to the high level of support given to them.
One of the participating pupils, Favour Godwin Effiok, from Akwa-Ibom State, assured the Minister that the Nigerian team will do the country proud.