Former President Goodluck Jonathan says science and technology are the secret of the on-going fast developments and advancements in the economies of the developed world.
He said this in Otuoke, his hometown in Bayelsa State, yesterday as the special guest of honour at the opening ceremony of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure Skill Acquisition Training and Youth Empowerment Programme on modern methods of electrical installation and maintenance.
He said without investment in research and technologies institutions, it would be difficult for Nigeria to achieve economic transformation.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for directing NASENI to train 100 Bayelsa youths and for making economic self-reliance a priority of his government.
Jonathan described Buhari’s administration’s focus on infusing engineering techniques training to empower the youths as a right step in the right direction.
He urged the participants to use the starter packs and equipment given to them to modernize their businesses.
Earlier, the overseeing officer of NASENI, Office of the Executive Vice Chairman, Mrs Nonyem Onyechi, said: “Every beneficiary at the end of the one week-training will be given equipment and tools worth millions of naira in order to operate a more modern way of carrying out electrical installations and maintenance.”