By Chioma Obinna & Emmanuel Elebeke
NIGERIAN chemists have been enjoined to be more proactive in policy formation through advocacy and collaboration with law makers and other relevant stakeholders.
A Senior Fellow to the Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria (ICCON) and Head of Science and Technology, National Institute if Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos, Dr. Ifeanyi Williams who gave the charge in Lagos, blamed policy failure in the country on poor monitoring and evaluation.
Williams who spoke at ICCONâ€™s annual general meeting said policy can no longer be extricated from science and technology, hence the need for scientists to always back all research with effective policy framework.
â€œWe should begin to take an interest in policy making and involve all stakeholders. The public should also be involved in this crusade and research findings should be reduced to their level of understanding because you cannot extricate policy formation from science and technology. There must be a synergy and aggressive advocacy.â€
Williams made a case for bringing on board professionals while scientists must also seek to educate the populace with the right approach in which they can understand the findings of their research work, adding that problem was not making policies but monitoring as it affects science and technology.
He called for a workable system that would evaluate policy implementation in Nigeria whereby a periodic report would be made available at its disposal for the desired development to be made.
â€œWe should reevaluate every policy to know whether they are working or not. Again, we must look at science and technology as the basis for any development because scientists have a methodical approach for making findings and observations on critical issues.
For advocacy to take its place, we need the private sector to be involved in this crusade. If the populace do not understand science, who are you then talking to.â€ he quarried.
National President of the Institute, Mr. Harry Okolo lamented grievous damage being perpetrate by quacks in the industry and called for checks against the trend.