Ministry seeks more research, innovations to address poverty, unemployment in Nigeria

Ministry seeks more research, innovations to address poverty, unemployment in Nigeria

The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology has called for more research and innovations to address the problems of poverty and unemployment plaguing the country.


The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr Sunday Akpan, made the call on Friday during an assessment visit to the Sheda Science and Technology Complex (SHESTCO) in Abuja.


He said the ministry was always ready to support any new development or innovation, adding that the current leadership of the ministry was passionate about using research and development initiatives to improve the lives of Nigerians.


“We need to work as a team; there is need to work with all relevant institutions, agencies and also the ministry to achieve tangible development,” he said.


According to Akpan, it is only through the development of indigenous technologies that Nigeria can defeat the menace of poverty and unemployment.


He, therefore, urged the scientific community to intensify their research efforts to improve the country.


Earlier, the Director-General of SHETSCO, Mr Paul Onyenekwe, identified the basic challenges facing the complex as poor power supply and low budgetary allocation.


He said that although SHESTCO had made efforts to seek more funding, there was still much to be done.


“We spend one-third of our overhead on power supply. Considering the size of the equipment, the complex needs consistent power supply.


“A lot of money has been spent on power generation, we have been able to install solar as some of the equipment needed to be powered 24 hours.


“Government cannot fund all our researches; so we are making efforts, on our part, by collaborating with different funding agencies.


“That is actually why we created the Department of Research, Planning and Statistics in the agency,” he added.

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