Nigerian Government pledges to support Science,Technology for development

Chioma Eche,Abuja

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The Minister for State in the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr. Mohammed Abudullahi, has pledged for more support for Science research for effective transmission to the target beneficiaries.

The Minister made the pledge at the ongoing Conference of the 2nd International conference of Science Communication and Development in Africa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Mr. Abudullahi said the growth of Science and Communication meant developing the capacity of Scientist to control the media and other Communication channels to popularise their inventions.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Bitrus Nabusu, said the President Muhammadu Buharis’s led Administration believe in Science and technology therefore calls for collaborations for effective transmission of its findings to the target beneficiaries.

This explains the encouragement we give to our rich collection of research institutes developing research in various fields for commercialisation”

I urged our parastatals and research institutes to partner with Nassarawa State University as it builds this significant centre of excellence in science communication meant developing the capacity of our scientists to leverage on the media and other communication channels to popularise their inventions”. He added.

In her remarks, the country coordinator, open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa, OFAB, Dr. Rose Gidado, said effective Science Communication would help Scientists to give meaning to research findings in Africa countries.

The need for effective Science Communication is hinged on the premises that it helps scientists to give their work meaning in the eyes of their stakeholders, be it farmers, policy makers, industry, consumers and the general public.

“it is also about putting Science into use by helping the public understand research result and making informed choices, she said”.

Mrs Gidado said had been promoting all in inclusive Communication strategy involving all stakeholders in the industry for informed policy decision towards ensuring food security in Nigeria and globally.

According to her, OFAB Nigeria drives advocacy campaigns on agricultural biotechnology and dispels misconception within the realms of genetic modification technology.

The Training Coordinator of SciDevNet in Uganda, Dr. Charles Wendo, in his presentation on Humanising Science for Development in Africa, said humanising Science would give Science a human character, solve tackle issues and make it more interesting.

Also speaking the Excecutive Director, Institute of Strategic and Development Communication, Professor, Emmanuel Dandaura, appreciated the Nigerian government and sponsors for making the conference a success.

The three (3) days conference had over two hundred participants from different fields of endeavour across Africa.

The conference which was organised by the Nassarawa State University north-central Nigeria and the University of Makerere, Kampala, Uganda, with the theme “Humanizing Science: optimizing Innovation and Communication for Development in Africa”