By Atenka John
The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology under the leadership of its Minister Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, had an interactive forum from 14th -15th December 2015, with State Commissioners in charge of Science and Technology across the country at the Transcorp Hiltop Hotel Abuja.
The Honourable Commissioner Ministry of Higher Education, Alh. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar presented a paper on overview of the Adamawa State Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology.
Alhaji Abubakar gave a brief history on the mission and mandate of the Ministry. He pointed out that the present administration of Governor Mohammed Umaru Jibrilla is leaving no stone unturned to resuscitate the Technical Training Schools (TTS), Mubi Burnt Bricks factory and Michika feed mills to encourage fishery as well as the aquaculture also to build a cement factory at Guyuk L.G.A of the state.
However, he took time to explain the process and benefits of a traditional condiment from the North Eastern Nigeria call toka (potash) as thus;-
· It is used in industrial soap production,
· It is Medicinal for the treatment of Blood pressure, management of Diabetes treatment of stomach ulcers, and cancer prevention,
· It is used for Food preservation and sterilisation.
· It is also used as a Substitute for common salt.
The Hon. Minister on his part said, the Nigerian Government is set to introduce a Technology Transfer Initiative that would boost investment and development of local technology competencies.
He noted that countries lacking in abundant natural resources have employed technology to become some of the largest world economies, through effective deployment of science, engineering, technology and innovation his remark constitute the key that unlocks the doors of prosperity of any nation. Dr Onu added that the Government will ensure an enabling environment for investors willing to partner with the country in this region so that they could have adequate returns for their investments and reap commensurate rewards for their efforts. At the end of the event some locally manufactured goods were displayed.