The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Abdul Bulama, on Friday, said President Goodluck Jonathan’s transformation agenda heavily relied on science and technology.

Bulama stated this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, at his palace in Zaria, Kaduna State.

The minister, who described science and technology as “the in-thing now”, said no nation would achieve rapid development without science and technology.

He said “science and technology are critical elements to the attainment of national growth and development.

“Development today is governed by science and technology, therefore, we must develop our science and technology if we must record any meaningful progress.??

The minister thanked the emir for his support not only to the institutes under the ministry stationed in Zaria but also for his support to the leadership of the country.

“I want to appreciate your support to government, because you did not only restrict yourself to leading people but you also have great passion for national development, national cohesion and integration.

“You have succeeded in mending social bonds across various communities in Nigeria.

“The over 40 years you have spent on the throne have gone a long way in bringing peace and stability in Nigeria.??

Responding, the Emir thanked the minister for the visit and congratulated him on his new appointment.

Idris promised to continue to extend necessary support and cooperation to the Ministry of Science and Technology and other ministries in the country.

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