The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Barr. Mohammed Abdullahi said that African nations must participate actively in proffering solutions that confront humanity by using tools of Science, Technology and Innovation.
Barrister Abdullahi said this when an international delegation of AUDA-NEPAD (African Union Development Agency- New Partnership for Africa’s Development) paid him a working visit in his office on Thursday in Abuja.
AUDA-NEPAD is an agency comprising of International experts focused on infrastructural and socio-economic development of AU (African Union) member states.
Abdullahi also stated that there is a plan for focused research on biotechnology, which would be in sync with robotics, STI and the biotech revolution in the world.
The Minister also mentioned that Africans should focus more on funding STI also he stated that NEPAD should help Africa improve on our collaboration efforts particularly in association with Agencies that are research based.
Abdullahi further said that the Ministry is encouraging young Scientists, especially the girl child to participate in STEM, through one of its flagship programs The Young Nigerian Scientists Presidential Awards (YONSPA).
According to Barr. Abdullahi, some notable innovations from female scientists include SMART BRA DEVICE by Bolarinwa Kemisola and many more .
Earlier, the acting project coordinator Mrs. Justina Dugbazah, said that the purpose of their visit is to collaborate further on areas the Ministry needed their expertise.