The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has expressed confidence that the proposed Assumpta Science Centre, Owerri, (ASCO), Imo State, would stimulate and sustain the interest of young Nigerians, in choosing careers from Science, Engineering and Technology related disciplines.

He spoke in the Vatican City, Rome, during a meeting with the President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, His Eminence, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi.

The Minister thanked the Holy See for choosing Nigeria as headquarters of the Centre in Africa and pledged the commitment of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology to honour her obligations as contained in the MoU signed in October last year for the take-off of the Centre.

Dr. Onu restated the preparedness of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration to fully explore the potentials of science and technology in the task of nation building.

Earlier in his remarks, Cardinal Ravasi said the Assumpta Science Center, Ofekata, Owerri, (ASCO) is an informal science learning centre borne out of the need to deepen the culture of science, technology innovation and engineering in Africa.

He disclosed that Nigeria was chosen as the headquarters of the programme for Africa due to her leadership role and position in the continent.

It will be recalled that the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, had on Sunday April 24, this year, proceeded to the Vatican City on a 4 day visit during which he was expected to hold discussions with His Holiness, Pope Francis and other Vatican Authorities on the modalities for the implementation of the already signed MoU between Nigeria and the Holy See on the Assumpta Science Centre, Ofekata, Owerri, Imo State. He has since returned to the Country.

Sunny Onyeukwu
Special Assistant to Hon. Minister
April 29, 2016