Tommy Solomon Uyo, Akwa
Article from the Vanguard, Lagos
A research laboratory has been opened in Uyo by the state government to assist researchers in conducting studies on science and technology-oriented programmes aimed at the development of the 14 year old state. The state's special adviser, Bureau of Science and Technology, Dr. Linus Asuquo told newsmen in Uyo that the multi-million naira laboratory on completion will assist other scientists and technologists in and outside the state to find solutions to some nagging science problems which have been confronting them in the past decades. According to the special adviser, the initiative to put the laboratory in place was the aftermath of the first Akwa Ibom State Science and Technology forum which was organised late last year. At the forum, researchers, inventors and investors gathered from all parts of the country during when they deliberated on how to move the state forward scientifically and technologically. The forum also gave birth to the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the state and the National Office of Technology Acquisition and promotion, an agency of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology to commercialise two products from the state. These are the locally produced automated voltage regulator produced by two indigenes of the state the Eniang Brothers, the uninterrupted power supply system and grease in which rubber seeds and spent oil are used in its production. The special adviser disclosed that the products, which had already been standardised, will soon be put into the Nigerian and international markets. "The broad objective of the Akwa Ibom State government is to increase and promote the role of science and technology in the attainment of economic and social development by bringing about a social transformation, removing injustice in the society and improving the quality of life for the people", said the adviser. Dr. Asuquo expressed hope that the proposed Akwa Ibom State University of Science and Technology, being a technologically-oriented institution, will rapidly facilitate the transformation of the state from civil into one that is technologically driven.