As part of efforts towards promoting economic development in Nigeria,the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) has kicked off the 4th edition of it’s Annual Raw Materials Quiz Competition for Secondary Schools in Nigeria.
The Council also announced that it has adopted the quiz competition as one of its strategic Programme.
Speaking, the Director-General(DG) of the RMRDC, Professor Hussaini Doko Ibrahim, who disclosed this at the opening ceremony of the 4th edition of the competition at the council in Abuja on Thursday, said the programme will be renewed as the council’s strategic plan is reviewed.
“We have run the programme from 2016 to date. As the strategic planning of the council is being reviewed, it will be included,” he said, adding, ” the quiz competition is an advocasy programme. We are building a system of catching the people young.”
The DG said, the annual competition which is part of the council’s Catch-Them-Young Programme and kicked off in 2016, will be extended to 2021.
Professor Ibrahim, who was represented by the Deputy Director, Information Communication Department, Dr. Ini Ukim, said the competition aimed to catch the younger generation who are the future of Nigeria young by exposing them to informations on available raw materials in the country that are needed for development.
He noted that entrenching Science, Technology and Innovation early in the lives of the Nigerian youths is fundamental to achieving industrial revolution for speedy development of the country.
According to him, the quiz competition aims at creating awareness on the importance of raw materials and the role of RMRDC as a government agency mandated to publicize available raw materials in Nigeria as well as researches conducted.
He added that the competition will arouse the interest of young people on the development and utilization of the nation’s local raw materials thereby fostering innovation and as well as assess the knowledge level of the Nigerian secondary school students on local raw materials.
Delivering the Keynote address, Former Director, RMRDC Dr. Gabriel.G Awolehin noted that the programme is very strategic for development of the country as knowledge and innovations drive the world.
He said the participating students were not only being equipped to join the drivers only to drive the economy of Nigeria but the world as a whole.
Dr. Awolehin congratulated the DG RMRDC for sustaining the initiative for the past 4 years and the efforts towards it’s extension to the year 2021.
This was as he called for provision of machines needed to process raw materials into the finished goods.
In his goodwill message, the Governor of Central Bank, Godwin Emefiele commended the RMRDC for the laudible initiative.
While pledging the full support of the apex bank towards sustaining the programme, the CBN boss who was represented by Mr Adeleke Ademuyiwa, urged the students to work together as a team to emerge victorious.
Also speaking, the Director, Federal Capital Territory Education Board, Adamu Baba commended the council for the idea of catching them young.
He observed the lack of utilization of research findings as a major problem hampering development in Nigeria.
He therefore, called for collaboration and synergy between the council and research institution to bridge the gap.
On her part, the Executive Secretary, Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission, Ms Yewande Sadiku observed that Nigeria is a great country, endowed with abundant natural resources.
Sadiku who was represented by Hajiya Umah Musa commended the students for showing examplaey and extraordinary skills to prepare them for greater roles in the future.
Participants of the quiz competition where drawn from both private and government secondary schools across all the six geopolitical zones in the country.