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Vatican Science centre opens soon in Imo State

The proposed Assumpta Science Center, Ofekata, Owerri, Imo State will soon take off as the Vatican has restated its commitment to the project.
A statement from the office of the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, confirmed that the Vatican gave its commitment to the minister who visited the Holy See, recently.
The statement signed by Sunny Onyeukwu, Special Assistant to the minister, stated that Dr. Onu had met with the President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, His Eminence, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, who explained that the proposed Assumpta Science Center, Ofekata, Owerri, (ASCO) is an informal science learning centre borne out of the need to deepen the culture of science, technology innovation and engineering in Africa.
He disclosed that Nigeria was chosen as the headquarters of the programme for Africa due to her leadership role and position in the continent.
In his remarks, Onu expressed confidence that the proposed centre would stimulate and sustain the interest of young Nigerians, in choosing careers in science, engineering and technology related disciplines.
The minister thanked the Holy See for choosing Nigeria as headquarters of the centre in Africa and pledged the commitment of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology to honour her obligations as contained in the MOU signed in October last year for the take-off of the centre.
Dr. Onu restated the preparedness of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to fully explore the potentials of science and technology in the task of nation building.
It will be recalled that the minister had, on Sunday April 24, this year, proceeded to the Vatican City on a four-day visit during which he held discussions with His Holiness, Pope Francis and other Vatican authorities on the modalities for the implementation of the already signed MOU between Nigeria and the Holy See on the Assumpta Science Centre, Ofekata, Owerri, Imo State.

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