The Federal Government and the Organised Private Sector (OPS) will intensify efforts in the adoption and deployment of science, technology and innovation in building a strong, diversified, sustainable and competitive economy.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr Edet Sunday Akpan, made this known at the opening ceremony of the 18th National Council on Science, Technology and Innovation on Monday in Abuja.
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He said the OPS could not be left out in the quest for using technology to stimulate the nation’s economy.
“We cannot forget but mention the role of the Organised Private Sector (OPS). They are to explore ways of partnering with our various research institutes and agencies in commercialising viable products for the good of society,” Akpan said.
Speaking on the theme ‘Utilization of Science, Technology and Innovation for Post COVID-19 Socio-Economic Recovery and Sustainability’, the perm-sec said it was essential that Nigeria recovers from the economic disruption caused by the pandemic.
He called for synergy among the tiers of government and the OPS, to enhance effective domestication of the National Science, Technology and Innovation Roadmap (2017-2030) to achieve a national rebirth.