By Naomi UZOR,
The Minister of Science and Technology, Prof.Mohammed Kaâ€™oje Abubakar, yesterday said the Science and Technology Innovation (STI) driven policy agenda will be ideal in significantly bridging the competitive gap between Nigeria and the more developed world in the area of knowledge creation and application.
He spoke at the stakeholders forum organised by the National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM) at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI).
â€œTo achieve this, we must all be reminded that the developed and the rapidly emerging economies in the contemporary world attained their enviable positions largely through great importance attached to S&T developments.
We note also, that having been too slow to catch up with our contemporaries in the global community, Nigeria has unfortunately slipped into the â€œlatecomersâ€ category in terms of developmentâ€ he stated.
He said government is now convinced that to be a strong and economically buoyant nation, we need to pursue our national developmental agenda through an elaborate S&T policy and make efforts to harness our resources through S&T.
â€œThis forum in my candid opinion, provides wonderful opportunities for us, as key actors and stakeholders, to address the critical issues relevant for initiating government efforts to provide workable S&T framework for sustainable solutions to our socio-economic problems. In addition, it gives us a right of ownership in the formulation and implementation of the policy.
To us in the ministry, the time is ripe to review the extant S&T policy in line with global best practices, to enable us achieve our new national economic objectivesâ€ he said.