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Concern at technology policy implementation delay

23 July 2013, 12:02

Lagos -  Stakeholders in the local science and technology sector urged the Nigerian government to implement the National Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (ST&I).

Presenting at the National Council on Science and Technology (NCST) said the policy should be given priority especially the National Research and Innovation Fund (NRIF) should be given priority.

In his keynote address, the chairman of the Council, who is also the Minister of Science and Technology, Professor Ita Ewa, said the Federal Executive Council approved the ST&I in 2012 and has since presented it to the public as well as to other development partners.

He added that the Policy was acclaimed as one of the best in Africa.

The policy focuses on the National Innovation System, tailored towards the building of the West African country’s technological capability.

Ewa stressed the recent acknowledgment of the importance of ST&I to the achievement of the international development agenda through Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for developing economies as emphasized by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the implementation of RIO+20 objectives.

- CAJ News


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