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Onu inaugurates governing boards, urges technological readiness

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Onu inaugurates governing boards, urges technological readiness

By Sylvester Thompson Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, inaugurated 12 boards of directors, agency boards and institutes of the ministry.

At the event held at the ministry in Abuja on Thursday, the minister expressed his dissatisfaction with the technological readiness indices reported by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

According to him, the inauguration is notable in the history of the ministry because of the WEF Global Competitiveness Report.

UN said the latest report, 2018/2019, assessed “the ranking of our institution’s global competitiveness on a seven-point scale at 2.94, technological maturity at 1.82 and innovation at 2.17 respectively. .

“This scenario involves (a performance of) 42 percent, 26 percent and 31 percent for institution, technological readiness and innovation,” he said.

The minister said this shows the ministry has a lot of work to do.

He said the administration was on the path to repositioning and strengthening the ministry and its agencies to emphasize the desire to contribute to national development.

The UN suggested that the ministry has the additional responsibility of the federal government to be given the role of custodian of all fundamentals of innovation in Nigeria.

The minister assured that a new renamed ministry was emerging with the involvement of the engagement of all stakeholders within the STI ecosystem.

“The ministry is on the verge of involving subnational levels of government, including states and local governments.

“Our state-level presence will provide the opportunity to use STI in the supply value chain in agricultural production, business development of micro, small and medium enterprises and academia in a strategic framework. constructive.

“We will establish six technology and innovation centers for global competitiveness in accordance with Presidential Decree 05,” UN said.

He said the new appointees had an important role to play in achieving the lofty goals set out and expressed optimism that with all hands on the bridge Nigeria would become self-sufficient.

The UN told the new appointees and members of the boards and boards that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved their appointments, which would allow them to make remarkable contributions.

He instructed them to be careful with their suggestions, contributions, involvement and provisions to strategic elements to lead to the achievement of the mandates of their agencies.

Source: NAN

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