Africa can’t progress if Nigeria doesn’t fully embrace science and technology, says Azibaola

Abuja—The founder of Zeetin Engineering, Azibaola Robert has urged Nigerians to harness the abundant talents in the country, stating that Nigeria as the most populous black nation has not made enough strides technologically.

According to him, Africa cannot go beyond where it is if Nigeria does not mask itself in science, technology and engineering.

Robert made this known while delivering his keynote address at the inauguration of the 19th Chairman of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Abuja Chapter.

His words, “There are basic things in this life that we started as kids and each of us did one or two things which were basically engineering and those things are now being converted to mathematical equations today and we are still behind.

“We don’t know how to do it. And we are not making efforts to do it.

“That takes me to the concept of making airplanes with paper. That is the elementary science we learned as kids. All of us dreamt that one day when we grow up we’ll be going to make aeroplanes.

“Today this technology we use to do as kids is the newest technology in the globe. They call it Origami.

“Origami is the art of folding paper and it has become one of the major inventions that we have seen that has taken man 1.5km to the sky.”

While averring that the James Webb telescope which recently went 1.5km into the sky is a technology based on Origami, the innovator stated that he is interested in it because “all of us have been part of it before.”

He decried the inability of Nigeria to harness its talents which has made the country unable to create the things it needs.

“There is no other nation that is as good as wrapping paper as Nigeria. Using one sheet of paper to create things is a talent Nigerians should be proud of,” he said.

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