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Executive Order 5: NACETEM creates a database of scientists and engineers – DG




By Sylvester Thompson

The National Center for Technology Management (NACETEM) has created a database of scientists and engineers in research institutes across Nigeria, to inform stakeholders of its efforts to educate scientific professionals on Decree 5.

Professor Ukwuoma Okechukwu, director general of NACETEM, revealed this Thursday, in Ile-Ife, during an awareness-raising workshop he organized on the survey of scientists and engineers at Nigerian research institutes.

Ukwuoma said the workshop should build a database of the pool of science and engineering professionals for effective human resource management.

“This is a timely effort by the federal government to implement Decree 5, to achieve sustainable development,” he said.

He said that in recent times, the combination of science and technology with a skilled workforce was seen as a key factor in national competitiveness, economic development and environmental well-being.

Okechukwu pointed out that the speed at which technological innovations were developed and applied was disrupting the efforts of developing countries, while widening the inequality gap.

He said a skilled and specialized workforce and professionals are needed if countries are to overcome the challenges of disruptive creations from new technologies.

“The recent COVID-19 pandemic shows that countries lacking the requisite technological capabilities are doomed to suffer the deadly effects of the disease or the negative effects on the economy.

“Countries with high scientific and technological capabilities are in the race to launch and trade drugs, test kits, personal protective covers, vaccines and other related products in response to COVID-19,” said he declared.

He noted that the application of technologies to large-scale product issues would improve several aspects of socio-economic development and environmental well-being.

DG NACETEM said these and other elements formed the basis and the need for Nigeria to have internationally comparable data on its science and technology workforce.

Highlights of the workshop were a presentation on the socio-economic relevance of a comprehensive database of scientists and engineers in Nigeria, presented by Deputy Director of Research, Dr Egbetokun Egbetokun.

Engr Bubou Gordon spoke on the political relevance of the survey of scientists for sustainable development, while Dr Caleb Adelowo, Head of the Department of Science Policy and Innovation Studies, presented highlights of recent activities research within NACETEM. (NOPE)


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