“Private sectors should participate more in Technology Innovation” – Permanent Secretary
By Chioma Eyum, Abuja
The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Mr. Edet Sunday Akpan has called for the Organized Private Sectors to explore ways of partnering with the various Research Institutes and Agencies in commercializing viable products and services for the nation’s benefit.
Akpan made the call when he declared open the 19th Meeting of the National Council on Science, Technology and Innovation themed ” Investment in Research and Development: A Necessary Tool to Improving Nigerian Economy’’ in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The Permanent Secretary said that the council was a veritable platform to ensure that all relevant stakeholders in the Science Technology and Innovation sector are fully integrated and involved in the development and deployment of STI in addressing national issues.
He disclosed that the Ministry was working tirelessly towards the reduction and elimination of the current high level of stand-alone research efforts scattered all over the country, especially those tied to national priorities.
The Permanent Secretary further affirmed that Science Technology and Innovation constitutes the engine of socio-economic advancement of any nation, adding that there is a need for closer collaboration among the three tiers of government.