Minister tasks researchers, innovators to focus more on national challenges

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The Minister of States for Science, Technology and Innovation, Barr. Mohammed Abdullahi has tasked Nigerian researchers and innovators to focus more on their research efforts on national challenges, such as power generation.

Abdullahi made this known at a lecture he delivered titled “How Government-Academia-Industry linkages drive economic development in Nigeria”.

The lecture was part of an eminent persons lecture series, hosted by Igbinedion University Okada on Monday in Benin city,  Edo state.

The Minister said that his ministry has made conscious efforts to establish strong interactions between the industry and researchers through programmes like the annual STI EXPO.

He called for the countries education system to focus more on the adequate deployment of knowledge to the nation’s socio-economic benefit.

On the development of indigenous technology, he said “Industries are equally invited to create opportunities for R&D in knowledge institutes with the purpose of reducing importation of foreign technologies and support more technology transfers”.

He said that the Government-Academia-Industry (GIA) model is the most reliable way to achieve rapid commercialisation of research findings.

He further said the model will drive national socio-economic development as seen in countries like China, adding that economic diversification will be achieved due to an increased focus on scientific research and innovation.

He said that more funding for research institutions (universities, polytechnics etc) will aid the achievement of socio-economic breakthroughs.

He hailed the efforts of the Igbinedion University, Okada in STI development such as the establishment of research centres.

Earlier, the vice-chancellor of Igbinedion University, Prof. Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye said that the University has been at the forefront of championing higher education revolution in the country through innovation, entrepreneurship, bespoke research in tandem with its motto: Knowledge and Excellence.

He said the university has also introduced skills set and masterclasses which are embedded in all its academic programmes to further enhance the skills content of the curriculum, by making it a truly entrepreneurial university.

He appreciated the minister for finding time to deliver his lecture in the university.