Nigeria’s Science, Technology Minister calls for Policy Review

Chioma Eche, Abuja


Nigeria’s Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has called for the review of Science and Technology policy so as to reflect the changing trend in the global world.

Dr. Onu made the call in Abuja, the opening address of the ongoing Conference which was themed ‘Rethinking Technology transfer for Sustainable Development and Transformative Change in Africa.’

The Minister said that the last review of Nigeria’s policy on Science, Technology and Innovation was in 2012, adding that the coming of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD team, was timely and would assist in the country tremendously in the new proposed review while harnessing Science and Technology in the country.

“The Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of the Nigerian governments has placed Science and Technology at the centre of all economic activities in the country.”

‘In a bid to put place a knowledge and Innovation based economy, the Ministry had come up with 5 new polices. The policies would eventually succeed in opening more jobs for the people as well as create more wealth for the nation,” he said.

The Director-General of the National Officer for Technology Acquisition and Promotion, NOTAP, Dr. Dan-Azumi Mohammed said that the collaboration with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development would be beneficial to the Nigerian economy.

An Economic Affair Officer with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTD, Mr. Demi Calovski explained that the team was in Nigeria to assist the country upgrade its Science and Technology Policy.

The Conference had it participants from Nigeria, Botswana, Ghana, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia Tanzania, two expatriate from Geneva, Switzerland and one from United Kingdom.

The Conference seeks to address critical issues in development and technology transfer which can contribute to the inclusive and sustainable national growth of the country as well as provide insight on how technological transfer could be reframed, promoted and operationalised in Africa.