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World Laboratory Day: Experts calls for more investment in science, technology 

To ensure the growth of Nigeria economy, the federal government has been urged to invest more in science and technology, as this might reclaim its agricultural glory.

 Prof. Isaac Aiyelaagbe, stated this while giving his keynote address for the inaugural World Laboratory Day 2024 held on Tuesday at Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta Ogun State.

Aiyelaagbe speaking on the theme “Science for a Sustainable Future,” stressed that Nigeria will succeed if its government takes initiative and increases its investments in science and technology. 

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He maintained that farmers would not be able to obtain assistance when they encountered difficulties if they lacked a solid foundation in laboratory investigations. 

Prof. Aiyelaagbe pointed out that increased funding for science, technology, and innovation would allow agriculture to reach its full potential and help the nation produce more food, jobs, better foreign exchange, and higher-quality living standards because agricultural products would be distributed to other sectors and repatriated.

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According to him, “Yes, I think Nigeria can restore the glory of the agricultural sector through the innovation of science and technology, and there must be the will and the will must be followed with action because more investment in science and technology in Nigeria will get us to the top”. 

“Laboratory study is the foundation to be able to see, understand, and be able to intervene, it is so basic without a good background in the laboratory we won’t be able to help the farmers when they run into trouble and we won’t be able to advise them to stay out trouble”. 

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” To increase the budget allocation to science and technology and innovation so that agriculture in Nigeria can express its full potential, which is going to create more food, jobs, opportunities, foreign exchange, and improved livelihood because agriculture will be repatriated and will be distributed to other sectors as well. Prof. Maintained. 

In her remarks  Dr. Wunmi Abimbola-Okeneye of the Directorate of Technologists and Technical Staff (DITTECS) stated that science cannot flourish without laboratories, comparing them to incubators for the development of new ideas and innovations.  

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She insisted that since science and the laboratory are intertwined, anything that comes out of the lab requires scientific validation. 

Speaking on the position of FUNAAB in science technology and innovation in the world she said, Funnab is ranked the number one university of agriculture in Africa and 7th globally, this is to tell you that Funnab is a school of excellent, we are not going to rest in oars on our 7th position,  we are still going higher and higher, if not the best, it is should be one of the best you can find in the world”.  She said

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