The Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, has said that Nigeria can manufacture industrial machine spare parts including those of aircraft through Projects Development Institute (PRODA), Enugu.
Mr Ogbonnaya revealed this during the inauguration of projects at the Projects Development Institute (PRODA).
According to him, it is good to see that the institute is now available to aid the diversification mantra of the Federal Government.
His words, “I have seen the progress so far made in this institute but we want them to do more. We want PRODA to be a centre of excellence.”
He also urged the institute to continue its research on the production of lithium batteries so they can commercialize the findings.
On the pencil production project of the institute, Onu disclosed that he was pleased that production had begun on it.
“We have all seen pencils produced by PRODA and this effort is quite commendable.”
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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.
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