Delta State joined the rest of the world to celebrate the 2016 World Science Day on the 10th November, 2016. The event which marked series of activities was held at the Delta State Innovation Hub, Asaba, Delta State and paid host to His Excellency the Governor of Delta State: Sen.(Dr.) Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, Honourable Commissioner for the Ministry of Science and Technology- Hon. Overah Joyce, Permanent Secretaries, Directors from the Ministry of Science and Technology, children from secondary schools in Asaba, dignitaries from the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education as well as those from the academia.
This year’s theme- “Science for Peace and Development”, was aimed at enlighten the world the role Science plays in bridging peace and creating sustainable development in societies.
The celebration began with a Road Show around Asaba, thereafter the invited students where hosted to a presentation session inside the Innovation section of the Delta State Innovation Hub. The presentation session was chaired by Mr. Pius Ekeh- Managing Director, Mobile Software Solutions.
Welcoming everyone to the event, the Honourable Commissioner for Science and Technology, explained the role of Science in driving sustainable development and noted that the Delta State government has always recognized the fact that scientific knowledge should be appplied to articulate and support the goal of development through the assessment of current conditions and future prospect. He said the State Government shall continue to engender policies that will strengthen science based skills capacity development, support and empower scientific inventions and innovations through technology incubations, generate new employment model for our youths and create wealth.
In a lecture delivered by Prof. S.O. Akparobi titled “Science for Development”. Professor Akparobi explained the importance of Science and its role in development. He also examined the importance of learning Science in school, expounding on several areas such as problem solving, technology awareness,and its relevance to other sectors of the economy.
Similarly, Professor P.C.Ike of the Delta State University, Asaba Campus, delivered a lecture on “Role of Science in Peace Building”. He said the concept of scientific knowledge and the admissibility of a body of knowledge as modern science has always been a monopoly in the western world. He said for everyone to understand the role of science and technology in peace building, we must understand the process of scientific knowledge sharing, the methods and applications of science that facilitates peace building. He went further to explain the attributes of science and technology that are important for peace-building programmes.