‘Science, tech’ll make Nigeria competitive’

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BY Emma Elebeke

RISING from a national stakeholders’ workshop and exhibition on National System of Innovation (NSI), participants resolved that for Nigeria to become one of the top 20 economies by the year 2020, the country needs to urgently entrench science, technology and innovation into the  system.

Several experts who spoke at the workshops which held in Kaduna, Aba and Lagos said experience has brought into focus the need for research and development (R&D) initiatives hat can be commercialised and the need for specialized funding within the NSI system. This is because no commercialization can be viable in a situation where NSI actors are not working in unison.

The presiding minister, Prof. Ita Okon Ewa said the National System of Innovation (NSI) was designed to drive the economic development and emancipation of the country, adding that the ST&I (Science, Technology & Innovation) policy focuses on the National Innovation System, tailored towards the building of Nigeria’s Technological capability. He was of the view that only countries that have competitive advantage in science and technology knowledge  will lead in the 21st century.

‘‘My ministry, realizing the importance of creating awareness in the society on the relevance of ST&I culture for the improvement of quality of life and sustainable economic development, quickly convened a National Stakeholders’ Workshop and Exhibition on National System of Innovation at different zones, namely; Kaduna, Aba and Lagos,’’ he said.

The  quality of participants at the programme  from the Academia, Research Institutions and the organized private sector, who shared useful ideas and information at the event is expected to enrich the draft framework of the National System of Innovation (NSI).

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