The Federal Government of Nigeria has called on the organised private sector to assist in reducing unemployment in the country.
The Government says this can be achieved through science, technology and innovation (STI).
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Mr Edet Akpan, made the call at the 19th National Council on Science, Technology and Innovation, themed ‘Investment in research and development: A necessary tool of improving Nigerian economy’.
Akpan said the private sector should explore ways to partner with the various research institutes and agencies to commercialise viable products and services for the nation’s benefit.
“The Ministry is working tirelessly towards the reduction and elimination of the current high level of stand-alone research efforts scattered all over the country, especially those tied to national priorities.
“The council is a veritable platform to ensure that all relevant stakeholders in the STI sector are fully integrated and involved in the development and deployment of STI in addressing national issues.”
He said STI constitutes the engine of advancement of any nation, adding that there is the need for closer collaboration among the three tiers of government. (VON)