Synergies Among Government, Industry and Academia can Leapfrog Nigeria into a Knowledge-driven Economy- BARR. MOHAMMED H. ABDULLAHI- HON. MINISTER OF STATE, FEDERAL MINISTRY OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION.
Monday 13th September, 2021
The Honourable Minister Of State, Federal Ministry Of Science, Technology And Innovation, Barr. Mohammed H. Abdullahi, has called for more synergies among the Government, Industry and Academia which he says will leapfrog Nigeria into a knowledge-driven economy.
Barr. Mohammed H. Abdullahi made this call while delivering a lecture at Igbinedion University Okada, on the Occasion of the institution’s 2nd Eminent Persons Lecture Series.
According to him, “The need for synergy among the Government, Industry and Academia can never be overemphasized at this critical time in Nigeria when government resources are dwindling and the focus is on diversification of the economy. “
He reiterated that the percentage of available manpower and of raw materials locally sourced for the nation’s industries are nose-diving, coupled with a deficit in State-of-the- art laboratory facilities, which can be reversed within the confines of necessary synergies and collaboration. Click to download full lecture
“Our energy on partnership as a nation should be directed at establishing new linkages and strengthening existing ones between the major players as modelled in the Government-Industry-Knowledge Institutes (GIKI) model. This is because any nation that wants to diversify economically must focus on research and innovation.
In line with the above, the National System of Innovation (NIS) has provided a platform for the ease of collaboration among all the elements that will enable the stakeholders to develop new technologies that are critical to the industrial corporations’ competitiveness. Companies can develop their technical capabilities and products either based on internal Research and Development (R&;D) or outsourcing.”
“The skills and ability to implement codified knowledge are pivotal to achieving the aforementioned objectives of the NIS and the STI policy. These skills do not exist in silos, rather with a good understanding of the users of the products and services. On this note, the focus of our education system should be on the adequate deployment of the knowledge to the benefit of the economy and the populace. Scholars must appreciate that innovations are better driven by both producers and users rather than top-down linear systems”
On his part, the Vice-Chancellor, Igbinedion University Okada, Professor Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye Ph.D,FAS in his opening remarks showered encomiums on the guest lecturer, stressing that Barr. Mohammed H. Abdullahi is one man whose cerebral expositions has been an informative tonic that has shappened Science and technology in Nigeria.
Prof. Ezemonye also used the medium to enlighten the honourable minister and other guests about the university’s recent achievements as well as future plans towards industry/academia interface, stressing that Igbinedion University Okada has already taken giant strides in Technological collaborations and Innovative researches.