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‘Research-driven innovation, key to sustainable development’

By DAYO ADESULU

Lagos State, in its resolve to foster immediate meaningful  socio-economic development for the well being of the people of the state has successfully concluded a sensitisation workshop for stakeholders in the area of Research and Development in the state.

The workshop, organised by the Lagos Research and Development Council, brought together stakeholders from government, academia, research and development agencies, non-government organisations (NGOs) and the organised private sector.

In his paper, Chairman, Lagos Research and Development Council, Prof. Olufemi Bamiro, said that the establishment of the council is a demonstration of the resolve of the state to provide support for basic and applied research, and most importantly, commercialisation, which in itself, is a key mission of the Lagos Innovation Project (INNOVATELAGOS).

“Of equal interest to the council is support for institutions of higher learning in the performance of their key functions of teaching, research and community service geared towards production of human capital to drive the state’s economy,” he said.

Bamiro added that through a globally tested and trusted strategic collaborative model referred to as Triple Helix Model, comprising government, academia, research and development agencies, NGOs and the organised private sector, the focus of the Council is to become an instrument for the transformation of the state’s economy into an innovative and knowledge-driven economy.

Bamiro said; “Like the South African Government did, Lagos State Government is bringing about strategic collaboration amongst small and medium scale enterprises, academia, and research agencies to foster industrialisation.

According to the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Fatai Olukoga, who represented the Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola; “Nigeria’s future economic growth will increasingly have to come from innovation in products services and business models.”

 


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