Benin – Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, at the weekend, called on Nigerians to work harder and improve on the science and technology bequeathed to the country by their forefathers.
Dr. Onu who made the call at the public presentation of a book entitled, “Ogiamien and the Illusion of Kingship in Benin,” written by David Edibiri, a Benin High Chief, said, “With the level of advancement attained by our forefathers in bronze casting, there is no doubt that science and technology originated from Benin.”
He added, “I long visited the Benin museum and I went to Igun Street to see the technology in the casting of these bronze works of arts, so as to draw the attention of Nigerians to the importance which our ancestors attached to science and technology so that we no longer have any reasons to think that science and technology innovation is not for us but for other people.”
The minister also said that “our forefathers have made their marks in technology,” adding that Nigerians needed to work harder to improve on their achievements.
“We need to work harder and improve even on the achievements of our ancestors,” he said.
Mr. Godwin Obaseki, Edo State governor, commended the author for setting the record straight with his book adding that the author has continued to be a limelight to the people of Benin.
He called on other Nigerians to emulate his kind of person and contribute to the survival of the country.
Chief David Edibiri, the Esongban of Benin, said the book, “Ogiamien and the Illusion of Kingship,” was to document for posterity the facts of a subject matter that had been of public concern in the recent times either for lack of knowledge or a deliberate effort at distorting the facts of history.
He said the Ogiamien phenomenon in Benin history suddenly assumed a dangerous centre stage in our traditional and indeed, national discourse.
Edibiri further used the medium to call on the state and the Federal Government to accelerate the teaching of Nigerian history in all secondary schools across the country.
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