Governor Wike Tasks Scientists To Tackle Economic Recession

Governor Wike Tasks Scientists To Tackle Economic Recession
Paul Obiajunwo, PortHarcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has challenged scientists  in Nigeria to find ways of resolving  the economic  recession  by introducing  innovative agriculture methods   that  will help  grow the  economy. 
Addressing the opening session of the 60th Anniversary of the Science Teachers Association of Nigeria  (STAN) in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, Governor Wike said that new methods  in agriculture  would help generate employment for the people. 
The governor  who  was represented by the State Head of Service, Mr Rufus Godwins said: “Iconic developments across the world are  birthed  in science. The doors  of science  are ever open for better knowledge. 
“The challenge  of the conference is to find ways of resolving  issues negating  the development of the country. We are in recession.  This is the time for scientists to find ways of using agriculture to assist the country exit this economic downturn “.
He said the theme of the conference: “Science, Technology, Engineering,  Mathematics and Society ” is apt because  all technological and engineering developments are products  of science. 
He commended the leadership  of STAN  for choosing Rivers State  for the association’s 60th Anniversary, pointing out  that  the group  joined  the long list of those who have made  the state a destination  choice. 
He said: “It is quite interesting  that STAN  took a cue from other local and international event organisers, who  prefer Port Harcourt. 
“In the  past two years, following  the  rebranding of Rivers State through the vision of Governor Wike, Rivers State  has steadily become the  destination choice for local, continental and international conferences . “
STAN President, Mohammed Moulud thanked the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for his  support  towards the  hosting of the 60th Anniversary. 
He said the state government’s sponsorship of 400 science teachers to attend workshops during  the conference exemplifies  his commitment  to science education. 
Highpoint of the opening session was the investiture of Governor Wike as the Patron of STAN.