Parents in Taraba have been implored to show greater commitment to their children’s career choices to enhance the growth of Science and Technology in the state.
This charge was given recently by the wife of the Taraba State Governor, Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku at the opening of the National Children Science and Technology Mini Expo 2016 which was held at the Nigeria Television Authority, NTA, Jalingo complex.
The Governor’s wife who was represented by her Press Secretary, Mrs. Elisabeth Usen Smith applauded the NTA for inspiring students to be more creative in Science and Technology adding that this is for the benefit of the country.
She encouraged participating students to improve on arrears where this is required and assured support for the project.
In the same vein, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Child Development, Mrs. Lois Emmanuel who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Ephraim Tikwe Nya’a disclosed that “the theme for this years Expo being: Improved Technology an Impetus for Mechanized Agriculture, Renewable Energy and Economic Development of the Nation falls in line with the Governor’s Rescue Mission in the Science and Technology sub-sector of the state”.
According to her, “ this project will stimulate science-based students in our state and the country to put in more effort for the purpose of achieving scientific and technological breakthroughs for the overall advancement of the society “.
Earlier, the General Manager of NTA, Mohammed Umar Garkuwa recalled the success of Taraba participants in the previous year who had attained the second position and expressed optimism that the students would earn the first position in one of the categories this year.
He commended the Taraba State Government for making funds available for the students to participate in the last year’s event.
In his words, “ last year at about this time, we were not sure of participating due to lack of funds but for the timely and generous assistance from the First Lady and the Speaker, Taraba State House of Assembly RT Hon. Abel Peter Diah”.
He passionately appealed to the Taraba State Government and all well meaning citizens to assist the NTA and Taraba children in cash and in kind to enable them participate this year.
Schools that participated in the mini expo were, UMCN Junior Seminary which emerged as winner of the contest, Rhema Christian Academy, Government Science Secondary School, Al- Baz Academy and Excellence International School.