We Will Create Enabling Environment To Unlock STI Potential – FG
As part of renewed efforts towards industrialising Nigeria, the Federal Government has promised to create enabling environment that will enhance science technology, and innovation.
The Minister, of Science, Technology, and Innovation, (Sen.) Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora said Wednesday in Abuja at the World Science Day Celebration.
Mamora stated that for any Nation to make meaningful progress, it must provide an enabling environment to support the Science, Technology, and Innovation Sector, which will unlock the enormous potential for the creation of wealth, employment opportunities, and productivity to engage its youths in meaningful employment.
He noted the pursuit of knowledge and its application through the process of methodology based on evidence, adding that the relevance of Science, Technology, and Innovation cannot be overemphasized as it is the umbrella where STEM evolves.
Speaking on the theme “Basic Science, for Sustainable Development” he said, is intended to brainstorm and fashion out a strategic approach for critical activities geared towards achieving the ministry’s goal of moving the nation from a resource base to a knowledge-based economy, driven by innovation.
According to him, “This will in no doubt address the problem of innovation, as the missing link in the statutory responsibility of the ministry which will drive the Innovation Agenda, promote productivity, increase socio-economic growth and enhance national development.
“Science, Technology, and Innovation sector has achieved a lot, over the past seven years of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, which was demonstrated through changing the narratives of inadequate funding of the ministry, improved budgetary provisions which resulted in improved R&D outputs across the ministry and her Agencies.”
Earlier, the Minister of State for Science, Technology, and Innovation, Henry Ikechukwu Ikoh, said that Science is the bedrock of development in the World and its critical component in any meaningful development cannot be overemphasized.
He added that Science makes life better and easier and so advised students to put more interest in STEM subjects.
In his speech, the representative of the Secretary-General of UNESCO, Eunice Ayara, Head, of the Natural Science Sector (NATCOM-UNESCO) said that FMSTI is one of the agents driving science, technology engineering, and mathematics in the world.
According to her, the importance of the World Science Day celebration is to showcase the country’s potential to the world through STI.