The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has come out to say that Methanol Production Technology will create employment and wealth in Nigeria.
He revealed this at the Second Inter-Ministerial meeting of the implementation of the National Policy on Methanol Fuel Production Technology.
According to him, Nigeria’s huge gas resources will be converted into usable products via methanol tech and this will aid the growth of other businesses.
He added that methanol tech would decrease gas flaring in the environment.
His words, “Nigeria’s enormous gas resources will be converted into useful products, through methanol technology, thereby paving the way for other businesses to grow.
“The introduction of methanol technology will go a long way in reducing gas flaring in the environment.”
“Methanol is a major raw material in industrial production and will impact positively on transportation, power generation and manufacturing.”
Do you agree?
Ogbonnaya Onu (born December 1, 1951) is a Nigerian politician, author and engineer. He was the first civilian governor of Abia state and the immediate past Minister of Science and Technology, Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Ogbonnaya Onu was born on the 1st of December 1951, to the family of His Royal Highness, Late Eze David Aba Onu (Eze Adu of Uburu) in Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State Nigeria. He started his education at Izzi High School in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital. Here, he obtained grade one with distinction in his West African School Certificate Examination. He also sat for the High School Examination at College of Immaculate Conception (C.I.C) Enugu, graduating as the overall best student. He proceeded to the University of Lagos and graduated with a first class degree in Chemical Engineering in 1976. He went for his doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley and obtained a PhD in Chemical engineering in 1980.
After his graduation from the University of Lagos, Ogbonnaya Onu became a teacher at St. Augustine’s Seminary, Ezzamgbo, Ebonyi State. After the completion of his doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Onu became a lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Port Harcourt, and later became the pioneer Head of the Department. He also served as the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and was also elected as a Member of the Governing Council of the University.
Dr Onu said Nigeria will begin local production of pencils by 2018 which he said will provide 400,000 jobs. As of 2019, the said production of pencils has not commenced. In 1999, prior to the Presidential election and the alliance between the All People’s Party and Alliance for Democracy, Dr. Onu was involved in a conflict involving both APP/AD picking Chief Olu Falae as the joint presidential flag bearer.