Nigeria’s Ministry of Science and Technology is partnering with UNESCO to establish a model Science and Technology parks in Sheda Science and Technology Complex, SHESCO, in Kwali, Abuja.
The Minister of State for Science and Technology, Barrister Mohammed Abdullahi disclosed in his opening remark at the Nigerian Triple Helix Round-table Webinar with the topic ‘’How Innovation Drives Economic Development” in Abuja the nation’s capital.
According to Barrister Abdullahi, the parks project is modeled after the Triple Helix Mode for forging strategic alliances among Government and Academia.
The Minister further said that the Park will ensure efficient scientific transfer and technological breakthroughs from academia and research institutes to industries and businesses.
Park project will also provide start-ups with cheap space, facilities and business advisory while evolving a system that encourages and rewards innovation.
“The platform that will facilitate patenting of innovation and protection of intellectual property would be created by the park project” he said
He said the Ministry, has put in place different initiatives, policies and programs to exploit and commercialize research results.
“Some of the initiatives are Science and Technology Park, Technology Incubation Centres (TICs), Technology Cluster Project”
“We are pursuing various collaborations to enhance that our technological capabilities to drive the economy through innovation are very much committed towards the actualization of these policies and projects” he added.
Participants at the Webinar included Professor Suleiman Bogoro, Executive Secretary, TETFUND, Onyeche Tifase, M.D Siemens Nigeria, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa (President Pharmaceuticals of Nigeria) and Tope Toogun, Chairman Technical Committee Nigerian Triple Helix Roundtable.