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FMST hints on building standard laboratories in six universities



The Federal Government has set target to build one standard laboratory in a University in each geopolitical zone of the country.

The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology (FMST), Mr. Bitrus Nabasu disclosed this when he received an award of Icon for Societal Change from the national leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in Abuja on Tuesday.

Nabasu told the delegation, that the Federal Government was determined to implement the Recently signed Executive Order.5, which would make Nigeria be a knowledge-based economy by 2030.

Nigeria, He added, would be among the top 20 economies in the world in no distant time due to the policies of the Federal government.

He urged students to make use of their ideas and innovations to help the technological sector of the country.

Mr. Nabasu highlighted some of the innovative programs by the Ministry to boost the performance of well-deserving young people in society. Some of those programs include; the 774 Young Scientists Presidential Award aimed at identifying potential young scientists of exceptional ability, the junior secondary school Science kits aimed at helping rural communities with science equipment.

The Permanent Secretary, disclosed the existence of a department in the Ministry saddled with the task of aiding scientists on their difficulties in the field of research and design.

Earlier the Director of Protocol of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Comrade Abdulmalik Usman extolled the selfless quality of the Permanent Secretary which is evident in the level of achievements and landmark strides seen in the Ministry.

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