The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Sen. Olorunnimbe Mamora has said has said that the federal government would establish science, technology and innovation parks across the country.
Mamora, who said this when he declared open a 2day stakeholder’s workshop on the development and management of Science and Technology Parks, Wednesday in Abuja, explained that technology foresight initiative provides suitable methodologies that would help promote sustainable and innovative development in Nigeria.
The Minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs Monilola Udoh, said, the initiative is not only aimed at foresight initiative, but in fostering economic, environmental and social benefits at national and regional levels.
The minister noted that over the years, the ministry embarked on national and internal workshops and other advocacy programmes to sensitize and enlighten stakeholders including universities and research institutes across the country on the National Science and Technology Park initiative.
Mamora further stated that the collaboration between the ministry and some agencies and universities have stirred up interest from some States and governments Agencies who are ready to establish their own science parks.
He said: “Technology foresight initiative, which is our focus today will provide suitable methodologies to promote sustainable and innovative development, fostering on economic benefit at national and regional levels. Nigerians therefore must embrace Technology Foresight for policy, Planning and ultimately for the socio-economic development of the country.”
Earlier, in his welcome address, the Director, Technology Acquisition and Adaptation, (TAA). Mr. Anpe M. Fut said the role of FMSTI is to provide general leadership and guidance to the implementation of the project alongside relevant Agencies in addressing policy issues and funding for the project.
Speaking, the Director-General of SHESCO Technology Complex, Professor P.C. Onyenekwe, said that the National Science Park when completed would create a focal point for building critical mass for infrastructure and expertise that would catalyze and fast-track the commercialization of existing and emerging technologies and research output.