The National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM), has kicked off Nigeria’s first audit of technologies available in the country with a view to ushering in a New Year in the country’s quest for technological development.
Speaking at a sensitisation workshop convened by the centre, yesterday in Abuja, the centre’s director general, Prof. Okechukwu Ukwuoma, said the centre aims to blaze the trail in auditing the technology in Nigeria with a view to determining existing gaps and designing appropriate strategies for plugging the gaps.
“The world is changing due to rapidly advancing technology, and we cannot afford to be left behind. It is particularly important to scan the global technology space, determine where we are, establish where we need to be and chart a pathway to take us there. These cannot be done without robust consultations, desk research, data gathering and analysis,” he said.
The NACETEM boss also said the two-pronged workshop would also come up with Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) indicators for Nigeria to develop a policy document to advice the Minister of Science and Technology and policymakers on STI issues, similar to macro-economic indicators used by the Ministry of Finance.
Earlier, the minister, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, said developing STI indicators for Nigeria would help the nation monitor and evaluate its performance as a country in STI against other nations in Africa and globally.
Onu represented by the ministry’s director of Planning and Research Policy Analysis Department, Mr Suleiman Ibrahim, said the project was to identify the technologies relevant for Nigeria’s sustainable development.
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