By Chinyere Amalu
ABUJA â€” The Federal Government plans to establish science and technology parks across the country in a bid to reduce over dependency of the economy on oil and encourage production of quality and globally competitive products and services through scientific innovations.
Science and Technology Minister, Dr. Alhassan Bako Zako, disclosed this in Abuja at an international workshop on the establishment of science and technology parks organised by the National Office of Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP).
According to the minister, â€œtowards this end, government has conducted national surveys, produced the blueprint and selected sites based on sensitivities as well as established national committees to handle the project.
â€œTo underscore the commitment attached to the programme, the Federal Government has also conducted feasibility and business plans while conducting sensitisation exercises in selected communities across the country,â€ Zako said.
He said the Federal Government was strongly committed towards the successful deployment of science and technology parks as the pivot of our national development and would continue to provide the required support to actualise the desired goals.
â€œThe parks would reduce dependence of the economy on oil and encourage production of quality and globally competitive products and service. It is these focussed initiatives that will drive our economy in line with the aspirations of Nigerians towards the 20:2020 Vision of the government,â€ he said.
The Minister, who was represented by Dr. Bello Jimoh, noted that the parks would boost the economy through the provision of value addition to raw materials, create sustainable technology based entrepreneurship culture, provide new business opportunities as well as incubation of spin-off technologies.