The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Ogbonnaya Onu, had on Thursday, January 16,2020 while delivering a keynote address at the 2020 National Convention of the Izzi Old Students Association challenged students to take science and technology a little more seriously.
“The principals and teachers should bring people who can enlighten the students on the importance of engineering to nation-building,” Onu said.
“It will be very sad if in this school we don’t have young people aspiring to be engineers because in Nigeria we have plans to send people to space.
“Yes, we have that plan; don’t ever think it cannot be done, it may take 20 years, 30 years, but we have that plan and I will be very happy to see somebody from this school to go into space and you cannot do it without science and engineering.
“There are so many resources we have in our state and in our country and one problem we have faced is that we have always allowed our economy to depend entirely on commodities.”
Moments after Onu’s remarks on Nigeria’s space ambitions, all of the country was thrown into darkness as the grid collapsed for the 12th time in twelve months.
“We have not solved land problems and we want to go to space? I prefer that we are land champions,” said Maduabuchukwu Jose.
“LMAO! Just give us light, please,” commented writer and social media critic, Gimba Kakanda, above the news of Nigeria’s impending space exploration by Premium Times.
“It must be a spiritual landing,” one Twitter user who identified himself as Norman, commented.
Nigeria has struggled to generate and transmit near stable electricity to homes and businesses since independence in 1960, even though billions of dollars have been splurged on the power sector in that span.
A 2013 privatization exercise that ceded power assets to private sector cronies failed to move the needle one way or the other.
Soon after Thursday’s all too familiar collapse of the grid, Eko Electricity Distribution Company tweeted; “Dear Customer, the outage which occurred at 1237hrs is due to a TCN system collapse. The team is working to restore power. Please, bear with us,”
“Dear Customer, another system collapse was recorded at 14:15hrs today. Restoration efforts are ongoing. Kindly bear with us,” another private electricity distributor outfit in the Lagos area, Ikeja Electric, shared.