The Federal Government has tasked state governments and the Organised Private Sector (OPS) to partner with various research institutes and agencies around the country in commercialising viable technological products and services to develop the nation’s economy.
Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (FMSTI) Edet Sunday Akpan, made this call while delivering his address at the opening ceremony of the 19th Meeting of the National Council On Science, Technology and Innovation which commenced in Abuja yesterday.
Akpan noted that it is also imperative for state governments to create the enabling environment by building the needed governance structure that will facilitate the deployment of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) to fast-track economic development in the states.
According to Akpan, the meeting’s theme “Investment in Research and Development: A Necessary Tool to Improving Nigerian Economy,” was carefully chosen to reflect the ministry’s drive and particularly at placing emphasis on ‘Innovation’ which has become a global phenomenon at fast-tracking sustainable development.
Also speaking to reporters during the event, the director-general of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) Ahmed Shaba said the meeting was to bring all Nigerian scientists and collaborators together to identify and promote “innovation, future technology and also to identify some gaps”.
He added that implementation is ongoing both at the states and federal level because most decisions taken at the council meeting are implemented even with the paucity of funds.
The director-general of National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Prof Abdullahi Mustapha, told reporters that it is an opportunity for Nigerian scientists to brainstorm and produce the things that are needed to develop the nation economically.