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ATPS and RMRDC organize an International Conference on Incentives for building a National System of Innovation in Nigeria

The Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) in collaboration with African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) hosted a two-day joint international conference in Abuja, Nigeria, on "Incentives for Building a National System of Innovation in Nigeria" that ran from 6th-7th July 2009. These series of conferences and training workshops aimed at capacity building in the area of science, technology, policy making and application.

Dr Alhassan Zaku, Minister of Science and Technology declared open the conference on Monday. He asserted that the role of science and technology in economic transformation and overall development of the country cannot be underestimated. “The ability of a nation to solve problems, initiate ideas and sustain her economic growth is dependent on her capabilities in science and technology” remarked Dr. Zaku. According to him, providing clean water, health care, infrastructure and healthy food is all components of science and technology innovations.

Prof. Peter Onwualu, Director-General, RMRDC mentioned that the conference was targeting fruitful identification of critical issues in building a system of innovation in Nigeria.

Low level industrialization and neglect of science and technology are perceived to be some of the major factors enhancing economic retardation in the continent. Zaku urged the participants to embrace national duty, hence evolve a national system of innovation for the country. Besides, the latter placed more emphasis on the significance of using science and technology novelty to drive the government’s 7-Point Agenda with Vision 20:2020 and the Millennium Development Goals.

Impressively, participants enunciated words filled with optimism that the conference would birth productive recommendations. Consequently, the course of action would ensure that appropriate policies were formulated via science, technology and innovation. 

Posted on Wednesday 8th July, 2009




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