The Minister for Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu has restated the preparedness of his Ministry to reposition Nigeria in science and technology for wealth creation and global competition.
He revealed that the country had made unprecedented improvement in technological advancement in several fields capable of turning her into the first technologically advanced nation in the African continent.
Onu spoke weekend in Nnewi, Anambra State while commiserating with the family of late Major General Samuel Momah.
Late Momah was the Minister for Science and Technology between 1995 and 1999.
He said, “We’re working strategically to reposition Nigeria in science and technology for wealth creation and global competition to make the country, as the largest market, the first technologically advanced nation in the African continent.”
Describing late Momah as great, intelligent perfect gentle man who contributed immensely to the growth of Science and Technology ministry during his time, Onu noted that the best way to immortalize him was to make sure his dreams and ideals were actualized.
He recalled his time with the deceased at the Nigercem, Nkalagu in Enugu State, saying the firm experienced reformation and was profitably enhanced through their efforts.
The Minister who later paid a condolence visit to the traditional ruler of Nnewi, Igwe Kenneth Orizu III told the monarch that he knew Momah for over 40 year ago and had a lot in common with him and cause to regret his demise.
He told the monarch to bear the loss with fortitude, describing the deceased as a very intelligent man.
“I was close to Momah up to when he rose to the rank of Major General and later became Minister for Science and Technology. I received the news of his death with shock, ” he said.
He explained that what attracted him to Igwe Kenneth Orizu III was the Igwe’s peaceful disposition, adding that the Igwe at 95 years was still stronger than some younger ones. He thanked God for that gift to the traditional ruler.
Senior staff of the ministry in Nnewi who joined the Honourable Minister in the visit included the Director of Technology Incubation Centre (TIC), Nnewi, Dr Uche Chukwu and the Managing Director of NEDDI, Arinze Nwosu.
In his funeral rite, Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Tukur Buratai described late Momah as an articulate, dedicated, loyal and hard-working officer with a good sense of purpose.
Represented by Major General L.A.Adegboye, Bururai said late Momah was commtted to his duties, adding that his demise was a great loss to the Army, Nigerian nation and his family generally.
Some of the deceased children, Dr Emeka the first son and Dr Tobe described their father as a man of discipline who made sure that all his children received good education up to second and third degrees from good universities, home and abroad.
The funeral attracted personalities from far and near to pay last respect to late Momah whose community gave the chieftency title of Ugomba Nnewi.
Former Governor of Anambra State, Virgy Etiaba; Emeka Etiaba (SAN); captains of industry, government officials and over seven Major Generals in the Nigerian Army as well as scores of other lower ranks attended the funeral.
Some of the senior Army officers at the burial were Major General J.S. Malu; Major General S.A. Yaro, among others.