Academy of Science Tasks FG on Science, Technology Development

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The Nigeria Academy of Science (NAS) on Thursday said the Federal Government should implement the National Technology and Innovation Policy (ST&I) 2012 for meaningful of development of science and technology.

The President of NAS, Prof. Oyewale Tomori, made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

“It is one thing to recommend, it is another thing to have the willingness and determination to faithfully implement the recommendations,’’ he said.

Tomori said the government should establish a council which composition should include heads of key ST&I-related ministries, parastatals, NGOs, scholars, business sector and chaired by the Nigerian president.

He said the council would be saddled with the responsibility of approving national ST&I strategy and ensure its successful implementation for science and technology development.

Tomori said the country needed to have someone who knew about science and how to manage the policy in Nigeria to move the country forward scientifically.

“In improving research, someone who knows about science and will be able to manage the policy of science in Nigeria has to be considered,’’ he said.

Tomori urged the government to initiate and support continuing education programmes aimed at training top level science and technology teachers.

He said in making such to happen, government should consider some of the highlights recommended by the national conference.

The conference, Tomori said, had recommended utilising as much as possible Nigerian ST&I personnel and institutions for services.

He said science and technology colleges should be established in each local government area of the country.

According to him, this will serve as means of giving practical training in different craftsmanship toward efficiency and self-employment.

Tomori said there was need to ensure a sound ST&I foundation, especially at the early level of educational structure through qualitative teaching in the primary schools.

It could also be achieved through the provision of adequate teaching laboratory, provision of well-trained and well-motivated teachers and development of science clubs in schools.

He said a platform for science education, development and capacity building should be created by government for private organisations to invest in as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility.

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