The Nigerian government has revealed plans to use Science, Technology and Innovation to grow Gross Domestic Product and create employment.
Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu said this when the government rolled out the new policy for the Ministry in a meeting with supervising Directors of the Ministry and its Agencies in Abuja.
Dr. Onu said to fulfill the promises of President Muhammadu Buhari’s lifting over one hundred million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years, the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology would be creating new technologies that would lead to new start-ups.
He called on Agencies under the Ministry to follow the objectives of the President to develop and grow the economy through the application of Science, Technology and Innovation.
“The three areas that the President worked on in the first four years are the areas we will continue to concentrate on which is to ensure there is security, that we will continue to grow our economy and ensure that all those that want to work in the country are given the opportunity, so the work that we are going to be doing here in the next four years will be channeled towards achieving the objective that the President has set to grow our economy, secure our nation and have a transparent administration.
“The President promised that we will be able to move 100 million people out of poverty in the next 10 years, this is a promise that he will keep and the ministry of science, technology and innovations will make important contributions in ensuring that this promise is realised. It will help us to create new technologies and these new technologies will be the basis of new startups. Which is to say new enterprises, entrepreneurs will now grow by using these new technologies,” he added.
The Minister for State, Science and Technology, Mr. Mohammed Abdullahi expressed his willingness and support to contribute to the development of a knowledge-based and technology driven economy in the country.
Mr. Mohammed appealed for team work, stressing that the Agencies would have a coordinated approach towards the Ministry’s budget presentation.
He also emphasised the need for the Ministry budget to be ready within the next two weeks, to have a hitch free budget defense before the National Assembly.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Bitrus Nabusu had said that the new cabinet in the Ministry would move the nation’s economy from resource economy to a knowledge-based driven by innovation.