COVID-19: Wake-up call for cooperation among nations – Minister

The Minister State for Science and Technology, Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi, said the pandemic a wake-up call for nations to collaborate effectively on science and technology for wealth creation.

The minister made the call at a lecture he delivered to young entrepreneurs and company executives on Sunday in Lagos at the First Immaculate Heart Comprehensive High School.

A statement made available in Abuja by Maryam Zakaria, Secretary to the Minister, stated lecture was entitled “Technology, As A Key Driver To Nation Building: Opportunities and Collaborations.

The minister, in the lecture, said synergy among nations was to forge public trust in the area science and technology through knowledge sharing.

He urged developing countries to “prioritise Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in their scheme things“.

“Today, countries are classified as developed and developed based on economic index and the application of STI,’’ he said.

Abdullahi said that countries which have strong science and technology were the ones that developed faster.

He said that innovation had also become a key driver of economic, industrial development and technology advancement of any nation.

“The success of any nation achieved through the effectiveness of the National Innovation System (NIS),” he said.

According to the minister, Nigeria adopted the STI Roadmap 2017-2030 which embraces nanotechnology, space technology, engineering, chemical technology, biotechnology, leather technology, among others.

He said strides the Ministry of Science and Technology had made as a of the National Leather Products Policy was helping to boost the country’s economy.

He said through leather and textile, Nigeria would be able to develop more sophisticated technologies.

He hinted ministry planned to establish National Science and Technology Museum, where historic scientific, technological, artistic and cultural objects, would be displayed for hands-on exhibition.

“Visitors will have the opportunity to touch, dismantle and reassemble items on display.

“It would also afford children hands-on experience of different scientific processes”, Abdullahi said. (NAN)