Edo State Government has reaffirmed its unwavering commitment towards advancement and innovations in the science and technology space through the formulation of policies that will promote digital economy, science and technology in the state.

The state Head of Service, Anthony Okungbowa Esq., made this known while declaring open the maiden edition of the three-day Science and Technology Innovation exhibition with the theme “Science, Technology and Innovation; A Tool for Sustainable Socio-Economic Development” at Imaguero College, Benin City.

Barr. Okungbowa, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in his office, Mrs. Priscillia Aziegbemhin, explained that the exhibition was to showcase the improvement in the science world, as the world has become a global village, having science and technology as the fulcrum of all operations. He said that Edo State has keyed into the technological advancement and was exhibiting the developments in the science community in the state.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Digital Economy, Science and Technology, Yuwa Naps, who described the exhibition as first of its kind, said it was centred on science, which helps in bringing the knowledge gained in the classrooms to a practical demonstration in reality, adding that it was the Governor’s mandate to drive technology within the state and improve science across board.

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The commissioner further explained that the exhibition would bring innovators and researchers together for collaboration and cooperation in moving the sector forward as research helps test science and technology.

On his part, the keynote speaker, Prof Julius Iyasele, in his lecture stated that the goal of science and technology is to answer questions and increase knowledge, finding solutions to practical problems.

One of the participants, Mr. Festus Okan, a professional web developer and founder of Solidpyco Limited, appreciated Governor Obaseki and the Ministry of Digital Economy, Science and Technology for giving him the opportunity to exhibit his innovations, adding that the exhibition had brought his innovations to the limelight.

Highpoint of the exhibition was the presentation of certificates of participation to all participants which consisted of members of the academia, scientists, inventors, researchers and other members of the Edo science and technology ecosystem.