FARI: Nigeria Ahead of Others, First to Adopt Recommendations

By Mohammed Mohammed

The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora, has said that Nigeria is the first country in the entire ECOWAS sub-region to substantially comply with the recommendations of the African Forum on Research and Innovation (FARI).

The ground-breaking achievement was made known to the public,  today in Lagos by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Mrs. Monilola Udoh, who represented the Minister during the South-west Zonal  dialogue between government and stakeholders in the Science, Technology and Innovation ecosystem on the  establishment of technology and innovation centers (TICs).

According  to the Minister, the benefits of TICs are to:

“Find the best way to ensure that products and services in our country are made to compete with the very best in the world, improve on the present understanding of the role of Science, Technology and Innovation in the socio-economic development of Nigeria by the general public, towards moving Nigeria from resource to knowledge-based economy (consumption to production), reduction/stoppage of the present  Research and Development (R&D) work  in Nigeria being carried out in silos.”

The Minister further said that under the 2022 Revised STI Policy, Nigeria is geared towards having a large, strong, diversified, sustainable and competitive economy that will effectively harness the talents and energies of its people and responsibly exploit its natural endowments to guarantee a high standard of living for Nigerians by 2030. 

He further stressed that in line with Presidential Executive Order NO.5 STI Policy of 2022 and the Abuja adopted recommendations of FARI, the protection of researchers, inventors and innovators will be assured with appropriate legal frameworks such as issuance of patent and other intellectual property rights.

Mamora, assured that the next phases of the dialogues that will take place in the North-west, South-south and North-eastern Zones of the country will continue to support the development of the country’s economy from being dependent on resource to knowledge based one.

Earilier, the National  Coordinator, Strategy  Implementation Task Office for Presidential Executive  ORDER NO.5, Engr.Ibiam Oguejiofor, enumerated some of the objectives of the ORDER to include:  promoting domestic and foreign investments through creation of employment  and stimulation of National  economy through  Science, Technology  and Innovation (STI).

He further enjoined participants to use the opportunity  of the dialogue to respond to government and  participate  in building  a new Nigeria that is knowledge and production  driven.

Also speaking, the Lagos  State Commissioner  of Science  and Technology, Mr. Hakeem Fahm, represented  by Dr. Iyabo Phillips, Director, Science Programmes and Promotion, reiterated  the commitment  of Lagos state government to support  this laudable initiative of the federal government to fill in the infrastructural  gaps in the State and also  to give more people  opportunities to benefit from the innovation  hub.

Signed: osephine Ademu.

ACIO for: DD (P&PR).

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