The Minister of State for Science and Technology, Mohammed Abdullahi, has said that the strides the ministry had made as a result of the National Leather Products Policy was helping to boost the country’s economy.
According to the Minister , through leather and textile, Nigeria would be able to develop more sophisticated technologies.
The minister made this known at a lecture he delivered , titled ‘Technology as a key driver to Nation building-opportunities and collaborations’ at the 1st immaculate Heart Comprehensive High School for Young Entrepreneurs & Company Executives in Lagos on Sunday.
According to the Abdullahi, covid-19 pandemic is a wake-up call for effective cooperation and collaboration among nations and forging public trust in science. He therefore urged developing countries to prioritize Science, Technology and Innovation in the scheme of things especially on wealth creation.
In his words “Today countries are classified as developed and developing countries”. based on economic index and the application of STI,’’ he said.
Abdullahi said that countries which have strong Science and Technology were the ones that developed faster.
The Minister emphasized that innovation had become the key driver of economic, industrial development and technology advancement of any nation.
The success of any nation is achieved through the effectiveness of the National Innovation System (NIS), he said.
Nigeria, he stated, has adopted ‘STI Roadmap 2017-2030’ which embraces nanotechnology, space technology, engineering, chemical technology, biotechnology, leather technology etc.
Mohammed Abdullahi also spoke of the strides of the Ministry in National Leather Products Policy that help Nigeria boost her economy. “Through Leather and Textile, Nigeria will be able to develop more sophisticated technologies” he added.
Likewise, he said the Ministry is also planning to establish National Science and Technology Museum where historic scientific technological, artistic and cultural objects would be stored and displayed for hands-on exhibition.Visitors will have the opportunity to touch, dismantle and reassemble items on display. He added that, it would afford children hands-on experience of different scientific processes.
He also noted that the National Board for Technology Incubation has, through its various programmes, so far has been helping to stem unemployment in the country.
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