Minister calls for political commitment to Science development

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The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu has called for an increased political commitment to open Science, through the development of appropriate policies, strategies and adequate funding.

Dr Onu made the call when he participated at the virtual online high-level side event on the margins of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in his office during the week in Abuja.

The Minister said that open Science, will promote greater access to scientific inputs and outputs, as well as promote global and domestic participation in research processes.

He further said that open Science will create more accurate replication and validation of scientific research results by the scientific community, adding that errors and malpractices in the research process will easily be identified and Increase scientific integrity.

Dr Onu, however, advocated for a roadmap that will enhance global collaboration and cooperation among scientists, researchers and innovators, stressing that the increased collaboration will proffer solutions to challenges confronting humanity.

“Open Science will increase awareness among the citizens about specific scientific innovations.

“The increase in awareness will promote the active participation of Nigerians in the collection of relevant data and more scientific experiments for the greater good of society,” he said.

According to him, trust, support for public policies and investment will be the order of the day once open Science is implemented in countries such as Nigeria.