Abia commissioner urges technically gifted children to be resilient

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Umuahia, Abia.

The Commissioner for Science and Technology in Abia, Mr Oriaka Chima,
has urged technically gifted children to be resilient but not to accept defeat in a bid to bring their dreams to fruition.

He gave the advice on Friday in Umuahia at the Young Creative Innovative Minds Technical Exhibition 2023, organised for secondary schools across Abia.

The exhibition with theme ” Identifying Gifted Children in Abia State” was organised by Mr Godsplan Promise, a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

Oriaku, who was visibly impressed by the children’s display, urged them not to be discouraged by the challenges they might encounter while pursuing their goals, but “see failure as part of science.”

He reminded them that the inventor of electric bulb, Thomas Edison failed many times before he succeeded.

The commissioner, while urging them to start pursing their dreams early, said that the state government was ready to give maximum support to any individual who has showcased himself or herself in the science and technology innovation path.

“One of the important things in Gov. Alex Otti’s mandate is to make Abia a smart city and smart ‘Abians.’

“In fact, by the time he will be done in his first tenure, you will discover that Abia will be the hub of technology and the people we are targeting are these young minds,” he said.

The NYSC State Coordinator, Mrs Ufuoma Dick-Iruenabere, who was represented by Mrs Chidinma Osuagwu, commended the corps member as well as the contestants for the breath-taking exhibition.

According to her, these days our youths are being swept away by the trends but these young minds have translated their ideas into something tangible.

The corps member, Promise with a registration number AB/22C/1879, said that he was inspired by the abundance of talents he saw in the state and decided to create a platform where the children could be seen and be sponsored.

“It is also a pointer to every Nigerian and every organisation to see how we can look inwards to develop ourselves.

“I thank God for the success of this maiden edition and my plan is to make it a national competition so that many children can have the opportunity to showcase their talents,” said the Rivers State-born corps member.

The children showcased their creativity and innovation with their dummy works on vehicles, fuel-less generating set, power bank, gas-less cooker, circulatory system, modern buildings and others.

In an interview, Master Chidiebube Azuma of Government Technical College, Osusu, Aba, who won the first position for his work on pay loader vehicle, said that the competition had spurred him to follow his dream. 

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