The Federal Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation and the 36 states’ ministries of science have begun this year’s national council meeting to review some of country’s science policies.
The five-day meeting was declared open in Abuja mONday by the ministry’s permanent secretary, Edet Sunday Akpan.
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Akpan said this was part of federal government’s commitment to ensure that Nigeria’s research and development engagements enhanced new business development.
“It (research and development) should also encourage employment generation as well as wealth creation through the proliferation and growth of small scale enterprises in many sectors of the economy”, he said.
He added that it is expected that not too long this will ultimately translate into goods and services in the market place.
Akpan said: “Our mandate and priority are to support the Federal Government’s Agenda of deploying STI tool in achievement of a diversified economy and of transiting from resource based to knowledge based economy”.
He said the national council of science, technology and innovation is a veritable platform to ensure that all relevant stakeholders are fully integrated and involved in the development and deployment of STI in addressing Nigeria’s challenges.
He also called on state governments to create enabling environment by building the needed governance structure that will facilitate the deployment of STI to fast-track economic development in the states.