A FULL TEXT OF THE PIONEER CONVOCATION LECTURE ON: PIONEERING AND PIONEERS: THE SEARCH FOR NATIONAL SELF-SUFFICIENCY, DELIVERED BY DR. OGBONNAYA ONU, MINISTER OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, AS PART OF THE ACTIVITIES MARKING THE FIRST CONVOCATION CEREMONY OF THE FEDERAL UNIVERSITY, NDUFU- ALIKE, IKWO, (FUNAI), EBONYI STATE, ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2016.

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I am delighted to stand before you to deliver the Pioneer Convocation Lecture on the occasion of the First Convocation Ceremony of your young University- the Federal University Ndufu Alike, Ikwo (FUNAI). As a young university, today’s event is momentous in many respects. I congratulate all graduands as well as their parents and guardians. As pioneer graduands, you occupy a special place in the history of this University as you become not only a “reference graduating class”, but also worthy ambassadors of your almamater. Therefore, the academic and character foundation you lay must be solid and worthy of emulation by succeeding generations of students. You must become role models for others to emulate, which entails that the quality of your character in the society as well as the contribution you make to nation building will help in elevating your almamater to a national as well as global brand. I wish you the very best as you go into the larger society, to make important contributions for the development of both our dear country and the world.

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NATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY“ POLICY IN NIGERIA: AN OVERVIEW”

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FULL TEXT OF A LECTURE DELIVERED BY DR. OGBONNAYA ONU, HONOURABLE MINISTER OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, AT THE NATIONAL DEFENCE COLLEGE, ABUJA, ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2016

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I am happy to be invited to speak to you on the topic: “National Science and Technology Policy in Nigeria: An Overview” before such an august body of gallant men and women of our Armed Forces, including some other gallant soldiers from other friendly nations. I am inspired by the knowledge that this College has played a very important role in training men and women into the finest officer corps of our Armed Forces who have so ably defended our nation’s territorial integrity and helped restore peace in many theatres of conflict both in Africa and other parts of the world. Indeed, this institution has been a symbol of excellence and a reassuring fountain of inspiration that has rekindled confidence in everyone, that the Armed Forces of Nigeria can defeat any foe and at the same time build enduring peace with our friends. I am proud of your heritage and remain strong in my faith that with greater determination and conviction in the capacity of our beloved nation to be a powerful member of the global comity of prosperous democracies of the world, you all gathered here, working with your other colleagues, shall help make the difference in Nigeria’s search for global peace and security. Nigerians are proud of your achievements.

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“PUTTING THE RECESSION IN RECESS: THE ROLE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION”
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FULL TEXT OF A LECTURE DELIVERED BY DR. OGBONNAYA ONU, HONOURABLE MINISTER OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AS GUEST LECTURER OF THE 29TH CONVOCATION CEREMONY OF THE FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, OWERRI, ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2016

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This afternoon, most distinguished ladies and gentlemen, it is with happiness that I stand before you, on the sacred soil of the oldest Federal University of technology, the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) to speak on a topic: “Putting the Recession in Recess: The Role of Science, Technology and Innovation”, which is of significant importance, especially at this time of our beloved nation’s economic development.

It is remarkable that from a modest initial enrolment of 225 undergraduate students and a staff strength of just 60 academic and non-academic staff in 1981, this great institution has today grown to have about 21,000 undergraduate and post graduate students with an academic staff strength of 926 and over 1,200 administrative and technical support staff. I am encouraged by this remarkable progress which you made over the past thirty five years. This shows your determination to ensure that this institution becomes a celebrated center of academic excellence. I salute you all, especially the Vice Chancellor of this University, Prof. Francis Chukwuemeka Eze, a great scholar and renowned academic of outstanding distinction for his commitment to the founding vision of this institution which has as its motto; “Technology for Service”.

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A LECTURE ON “THE ROLE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT” DELIVERED BY DR. OGBONNAYA ONU, HONOURABLE MINISTER OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, TO PARTICIPATING STUDENTS OF SENIOR COURSE 39/2016, OF THE ARMED FORCES COMMAND & STAFF COLLEGE, JAJI, KADUNA STATE, ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2016.

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I am happy to be invited to speak before such an august body of gallant men and women of our Armed Forces in this historic town of Jaji located in the equally important State of Kaduna. I am inspired by the knowledge that this College has played a very important role in training men and women into the finest officer corps of our Armed Forces who have so ably defended our nation’s territorial integrity and helped restore peace in many theatres of conflict both in Africa and other parts of the world. Indeed, this institution has been a symbol of excellence and a reassuring fountain of inspiration that has rekindled confidence in everyone, that the Armed Forces of Nigeria can defeat any foe and build enduring peace with our friends. I am proud of your heritage and remain strong in my faith that with greater determination and conviction in the capacity of our beloved nation to be a powerful member of the global comity of prosperous democracies of the world, you all gathered here, working with your other colleagues, shall help make the difference in Nigeria’s search for global peace and security. Nigerians are proud of your achievements.

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FULL TEXT OF THE 4TH NIGERIAN TURKISH NILE UNIVERSITY CONVOCATION LECTURE DELIVERED BY DR. OGBONNAYA ONU, MINISTER OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA IN ABUJA, ON FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2016

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I sincerely thank the Vice Chancellor, Members of both Council and Senate of the Nigerian Turkish Nile University (NTNU) for inviting me to speak on “The Effect of the Emergence of All Progressives Congress (APC) on the Promotion of World Peace” at its 4th Convocation Lecture. This University, which was established in 2009, has made very important contributions to the development of our dear nation. You have achieved so much within so short a time. Indeed, you have achieved far more than your young age should normally permit. I am convinced that you will achieve far more in the years to come. I am happy that your vision is to pursue academic excellence and you have already vigorously pursued your mission of providing the highest possible quality of university education with the state-of-the-art infrastructure to your students so as to get the best from them in a competitive world. It is important that you do this, because Nigeria needs the best and only the best is good enough for Nigeria. Your aim to be a center of excellence in science, technology and culture so as to produce graduates that are self-reliant, tolerant, creative, confident and enterprising, who are ready and prepared to face and solve the problems of Nigeria, Africa and the World is highly commendable. We thank you for working very hard to ensure that in the future, education is made available for every student, regardless of gender, financial status, ethnicity, religion and nationality. I will like to use this opportunity to congratulate the students who will be graduating tomorrow. I wish you the best in your future endeavours.

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A FULL TEXT OF THE LECTURE ON TECHNOLOGY THE KEY FOR AFRICA’S DEVELOPMENT DELIVERED BY DR. OGBONNAYA ONU, HONORABLE MINISTER OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, TO MARK THE 56TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE STATE OF GHANA AS A REPUBLIC, ON JUNE 30, 2016, AT THE ACCRA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTER (AICC), GHANA.

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I most sincerely thank the Government and the people of Ghana for inviting me to speak on Technology the Key for Africa’s Development, as part of the activities to mark the 56th Anniversary of the State of Ghana as a Republic. I bring to you very warm greetings from Nigeria. I also bring greetings from President Muhammadu Buhari, first to his brother President John Dramani Mahama and secondly to the over 26 million Ghanaians as you celebrate the 56th anniversary of your great nation as a Republic. Ghanaians should be proud of themselves because you have achieved a lot within the past 56 years as a Republic. I feel at home any time I am in Ghana. As the Togbe Kwami Vidza I of Kpando Municipal Council, I know that I am one of you. Also in the spirit of African brotherhood I regard Ghana as my second home.

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“POSITIONING NIGERIA AS THE TECHNOLOGY HUB OF AFRICA”
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FULL TEXT OF A LECTURE DELIVERED BY DR. OGBONNAYA ONU, MINISTER OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AS GUEST LECTURER OF THE 2015 CONVOCATION LECTURE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS HOLDING AT THE UNIVERSITY MAIN CAMPUS, AKOKA, YABA, LAGOS ON FEBRUARY 29, 2016

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It is with happiness that this afternoon, I stand before you in this historic auditorium, in one of Nigeria’s finest Universities, in the ancient and historic town of Lagos to speak on a topic: “Positioning Nigeria as the Technology Hub of Africa” which is of great importance to the future of our nation. Each time I enter into the main campus of the University, here in Akoka, Yaba, I remember with a great sense of nostalgia those first few steps I took in 1973, about 43 years ago, as a fresh student, one of the pioneering students, in the then newly established Department of Chemical Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering, in pursuit of my undergraduate study in chemical engineering. My presence in this great institution of learning reminds me of the promise which knowledge holds in the pursuit of liberty and freedom for the advancement of humanity. Also I cannot fail to remember the important role which the ancient city of Lagos, which remained Nigeria’s Capital City until 1992 and is currently the nation’s Centre of Excellence, played in our march to nationhood as one people with a common destiny under God. Indeed Lagos is a true melting pot inhabited by people from every part of the country. This shows our diversity. It also shows our commitment, as a people, to be united and strong just like the five fingers of the hand, which when clinched together as the fist can be an instrument for collective achievement.

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