The federal government said it will continue to support the annual science, technology and innovation expo to promote the country’s research, development and global competitiveness.
This assertion was made by the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu on behalf of the Federal Government during the opening ceremony of the 6th Annual STI Expo held at Eagle Square, Abuja.
UN, who opened the event on behalf of President Buhari, said the EXPO is a platform to bring together inventors, researchers, scientists, government, academia, private sector and many other stakeholders for the purpose of sharing ideas for research, development, innovation, and commercialization of research results.
The Minister said that the EXPO is a great opportunity to introduce Nigerians to the revised National Science, Technology and Innovation Policy 2022 (NSTIP) and to commission for the first time in the history of our country the Nigerian Science, Technology and Innovation Television (STI tv@NG).
In his words, “The Revised NSTIP 2022 is a document which I believe will not only serve as a primary document for the full diversification of the Nigerian economy and will be a lasting legacy for present and future generations of Nigerians for the advancement of a knowledge economy STI television will be used for broad advocacy to inculcate science, technology and innovation as part of our daily life in the country”.
He further noted that the projects launched and commissioned today aim to create jobs and wealth, as well as increase the number of young people and women who will be attracted by scientific, technological and innovation.
Previously, Minister of State for Science, Technology and Innovation, Barr. Mohammed Abdullahi, in his remarks, said that Nigeria can be ranked among the most industrialized nations in the world in the near future by stepping up and improving its scientific innovations.
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Abdullahi said this during the opening ceremony of the 6th annual STI EXPO held on Monday at Eagle Square in Abuja.
The theme of this year’s event is “Supporting National Economic Growth through Science and Innovation”. The objective of the theme is to enable science and technology to contribute positively to overall recovery and growth, in parallel with the National Economic Growth and Recovery Plan (ERGP).
The minister added that due to the global economic and security malaise, the federal government has decided to massively deploy indigenous technologies as a strategy to save the nation from its multiple challenges.
In a goodwill speech, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation, Senator Uche Ekwunife, urged the ministry and its agencies to develop appropriate policies for the overall socio-economic development of the nation. .
At the EXPO, the annual award of scholarships to the top three students who emerged as winners of the “774 Young Nigerian Scientists” competition from the 36 states of the Federation are; 1st place Maryam Olufunmilayo Ogunbayo (Pen Resource Academy) Gombe State. While 2nd position Gbolahan Azeem Ayinde (African Church Grammar School) Ogun State and 3rd position Uchendu Mmesomachukwu Judith (UNIBEN Demonstration Secondary school) Edo State.
In her goodwill message, the European Union Ambassador to Nigeria/ECOWAS Amb. Samuela Isopi said Nigerian innovators through “Horizon Europe” can submit proposals for innovation grants.
She said ITS development is at the heart of the bilateral agreements between Nigeria and the European Union.