Edo Showcases Modular Refinery, Cutting-edge Innovations At Maiden Tech Expo.
At the Edo Technological and Innovation Expo, the Edo technology community displayed their latest creations, including an automatic fingerprint machine and a locally-made modular refinery, among others.
The expo was organized by the state government to highlight some of the state’s most cutting-edge inventions.
It was also created with the goal of selecting some of the top ideas to represent Edo at the National Expo, which is set to take place in Abuja next month.
The programme with the theme, “Leveraging on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Economic Growth and Development,” was held at the Edo Production Centre yesterday in Benin City.
Prof. Kessington Obahiagbon, Chairman of the Edo State Committee on Science, Technology, and Innovation, said the government was committed to maximizing the potential of the state’s youths and assisting them in taking competitive advantage of the global ICT market.
He said: “The Edo State Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation was inaugurated November 23, 2021 by Governor Godwin Obaseki, with the mandate to develop a strategy that will make Edo State the hub for science, technology and innovation in Nigeria.
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“It is in line with our terms of reference that we have put this together to showcase a lot of the salient innovations that abound in our institutions like the universities, polytechnics, technical colleges, as well as private innovators, artisans, and private companies, among others.
“What we saw in this expo are new ways of doing things better in order to save time, cost and create more jobs, which will, in turn, improve the economy of our state. I hope the awareness created here today will encourage our youths to apply their brains and talents in the positive direction and reject negative vices.”
“This expo is not for sale of goods as it is not a trade fair, but for sales of ideas and concepts in terms of technology and innovation that in the long term will create job opportunities,” he added.
Mrs. Birgitta Okodugha, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, had stated that Edo has some of the brightest and best minds in the world of innovation, which will aid in the repositioning of the state.
A one-ton truck built by the University of Benin; an automatic fingerprint machine built by Ambrose Alli University; and a locally-made modular refinery capable of producing engine oil, kerosene, fuel, and gas, among other things, are among the products on display at the five-day Technology and Innovation Expo.