REMARKS BY THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF STATE FOR SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION, BARR. MOHAMMED H. ABDULLAHI AT INAUGURATION OF GOVERNING COUNCIL/BOARD MEMBERS OF FMSTI AGENCIES ON THURSDAY, 14TH OCTOBER, 2021 AT THE CONFERENCE HALL OF RAW MATERIALS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (RMRDC), ABUJA.
I am delighted to welcome you all to this important occasion of inauguration of Governing Board and Concil of Agencies supervised by the Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation as approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR in line with the provision of the Acts setting up these agencies which are designed to strengthen their Operational and Institutional capacity to discharge their mandates effectively.
2.Distinguished Board and Council Members designate, let me also congratulate you on your appointment as members of the Governing Board of various agencies of FMSTI. This appointment is therefore a call of service to our great nation and you most especially expected to support various policies put in place by the Federal government of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty, transformation and building of critical infrastructures required to improving the lives of our citizenry.
3.As you are aware, Mr. President had approved the name change of the Ministry from Federal Ministry of Science and Technology to Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation which has widened our scope to other areas of knowledge. It is our utmost desire that with the change of the Ministry’s nomenclature, we will vigorously drive the Innovation Agenda with renewed zeal and sense of responsibility.
4. May I also advice all incoming Board/Council members to acquaint themselves with the Provision of all existing and Operational Policies of the Ministry and other government policies/extant circulars guiding the conduct and functions of public officers in their places of assignment.
5.Distinguished Board Members designate, considering your revered and esteemed regards for the Nigerian STI sector, we have no doubt that your contributions and experience will in no small measure provide strategies and ways for adequate investment in the Nigerian STI sector to drive the diversification agenda of the federal government .
6.Once again, I welcome you all to this Inauguration Ceremony and assure you of the support of the Headquarters in the discharge of your duties.
7.Thank you and God bless our great Nation, Nigeria.