Scientific innovation is pivotal to accelerated development

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle); Head of Service, Mrs. Olabowale Ademola (4th right); Chairman of LASIEC, Rtd. Justice Ayotunde Phillips (3rd left),with newly sworn in members into State Agencies at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, June 19, 2017.

There is no aspect of human endeavour that has not been positively affected by science, hence, the need to continually apply scientific innovations for efficiency and effectiveness. 

These were the words of the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode while inaugurating the Lagos State Research and Innovation Council.

Governor Ambode stated that the newly inaugurated Council would manage science research and innovation fund.

“The terms of reference of the Council among other things will be to manage science research and innovation Fund towards funding research that have the potentials to directly benefit the citizenry in terms of job and wealth creation,” he said.

Commercialising research

According to the Governor, the Council would also be responsible for promoting research and innovation activities in public and private institutions and identify all research and innovation products that are bankable and translate such to commercial activities to establish small and medium scale industries.

“This will as well promote science education by organising various scientific activities that will encourage the teaching and learning of science subjects in all public schools in the State.

Members of the Council are expected to bring their wealth of experience to bear on the efforts of the State Government to harness the full potentials of scientific research in developing solutions to challenges facing the State,” he added.

Council membership

The Council, which has as its Chairman, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of University of Lagos, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, also has Mrs Adenike Fajemirokun, Akeem Adeniji-Adele, Oladokun Oye, Dr Frank Ojadi, Prof Martins Aneiekhai and Mr Sikiru Adegoke as members.

Others representing Lagos State in the Council include Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr Olawale Oluwo; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Mrs Olufunmilayo Balogun and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr Adesina Odeyemi.

Others appointments

The Lagos State Governor also swore-in new Commissioners of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) as well as members of the State’s Public Procurement Agency, Audit Service Commission and the Director-General of the State’s Safety Commission.

He described the various appointments as call to duty as he charged the Chairman and members of the LASIEC to ensure that the July 22 local government elections were free, fair and credible.

One of the LASIEC Commissioners, Professor Gabriel Babawale, who responded on behalf of other appointees, assured that he and his colleagues would key into the vision to make Lagos a Smart City.

“We will cherish it very seriously and deliver on our mandate, this is a call to service and we are prepared for the task,” Professor Babawale said.