FG urges use of STI to boost African economies

The Federal Government has tasked the African regional bloc, the Economic Community of West African Countries (ECOWAS) to develop Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for the benefit of economic growth in the continent.

The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Adeleke Mamora, gave the charge at the closing ceremony of the maiden edition of the African Research and Innovation Forum (FARI) 2022 in Abuja.

Mamora said that the major challenge confronting the region was solving the socioeconomic development problem of the people, hence the region should look inward and take STIs seriously.

“That is the challenge and we know we can do it and we will do it, we cannot afford to wait for STI to be a global concept.

“It is about doing things better, faster and greater, as well as achieving results and Africa cannot and should not be left behind,” he said.

Mamora also said that STI was at the crux of major development of nations and a dominant topic of deliberation and consideration for any well-meaning government.

He urged that ECOWAS must challenge Itself as well as face those challenges.

He said Nigeria had taken the first big step by hosting the maiden edition of the FARI and any other ECOWAS nation hosting the next edition should improve on the FARI concept.