Enterprise Television- Nigerians Urged to Preserve, Improve Local Technology
Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, called on Nigerians to work harder and improve on the science and technology given to the country by our past leaders.
Dr. Onu who made the call last weekend at the public presentation of a book entitled, “Ogiamien and the Illusion of Kingship in Benin,” written by a Benin High Chief, David Edibiri, .
He said, “With the level of advancement attained by our forefathers in bronze casting, there is no doubt that science and technology originated from Benin.”
He also added, “I long visited the Benin museum and I went to Igun Street to see the technology in the casting of these bronze works of arts, so as to draw the attention of Nigerians to the importance which our ancestors attached to science and technology so that we no longer have any reasons to think that science and technology innovation is not for us but for other people.”
Mr. Godwin Obaseki, Edo State Governor, also commended the author for setting the record straight with his book adding that the author has continued to be a limelight to the people of Benin.
He called on other Nigerians to emulate his kind of person and also contribute to the survival of the country.
He said the Ogiamien phenomenon in Benin history assumed a dangerous centre stage in Edo’s traditional and indeed it is a national discourse.
Author, David Edibiri further used the medium to call on the state and the Federal Government to accelerate the teaching of Nigerian history in all secondary schools across Nigeria.