By Emeka Aginam
LAGOS—Former President of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering, Prof. Sikiru Sanni has said that unless Nigeria embraces Science, Technology and Innovation, STI, in all ramifications and make it as a way of life, the living standard in the country will continue to nose dive.
Speaking yesterday during the 2012 annual lecture and investiture of the seventh President of the academy, Sanni, in his academy lecture titled, ‘Management of Science, Technology & Innovation, Change & Effectiveness‘ told the gathering that as a way forward, Nigeria must now be prepared to devote a substantial portion of her resources to the advancement of Science, Technology and Innovation.
According to him, this can only be achieved if professional scientists and engineers were involved right from the onset.
He said: “We must not continue the mistakes of the past. We have now got to a situation whereby only those incapable of learning are taking the teaching profession. This malaise in the system is a reflection of the whole society. Our emphasis is no more on the cultivation and celebration of knowledge but on worshiping wealth.
“Our youths have abandoned the study of science in schools to the pursuit of courses that will provide easy money. In order to redress the situation, we need a concerted effort and an inspired leadership, otherwise, our decision making process will be in the hands of totally uneducated and functional illiterate members of the society.”