On Wednesday, Dr Christopher Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and technology, showed annoyance concerning the rate on unemployment in the country, with the promise that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was committed at making sure that the many unemployed youths in Nigeria were gainfully employed.
In order to find lasting solutions to the numerous problems of infrastructure bedeviling the housing sector and roads in Nigeria, he said that Nigerians, through research institutions, universities, and also government and the organised private sectors have to be brought together.
It was during the 3-day Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI), International Conference 2017 in Abuja, Dr Onu addressed this.
He went further to say that NBRRI’s Artisan center was a native centre had beep potentially built with the proper certification to improve the skills and expertise of the teeming population of the youths, with the vision to not only serve the nation’s needs but to also serve those of other nationalities.
The goal of the conference, according to Dr Onu, is to focus its efforts on how research and innovation must become demand driven and target the significant needs of the nation.
From the beginning of his tenure in office as the minister, he said NBRRI has been able to meet up with command and instructions given to it to make way for more research institutes with the aim of creating new jobs for the Nigerian youths.
Then, Dr Onu, recalled the establishment and commissioning of Artisans Academy in Otta and a Learning Guides Construction site in Lagos for Artisans, which would serve as an undeviating role towards reducing the problems of capital flight.
Professor Danladi Matawal, the Director–General/Chief Executive Officer of NIBRRI, during his welcome address stated that the main purpose of the conference was to improve materials and technology needs and also to emphasize some of the global construction technology trends, and to also learn a lot more about how they can have an influence on the industry, especially in Nigeria.