The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology (FMST) has announced plans to fast track implementation of the National Science, Technology Innovation Roadmap (NASTIR) 2030.The Director of Science and Technology Promotion in the ministry, Dr Ekanem Udoh made this known in Abuja yesterday.
He said that the ministry would use its Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) EXPO 2019 to fast track the roadmap implementation.
According to him, the theme of the STI EXPO 2019 scheduled to hold between January 14 and January 18 2019 in Enugu State, is “Science, Technology and Innovation for Economic Recovery and Sustainable Growth.”
He stated that “NASTIR 2030 is an integrated roadmap 2017-2030 meant to catalyse Nigeria’s economic growth and competitiveness.”
Udoh stated that the objectives of STI EXPO 2019 included encouraging interactions between researchers and investors with a view to commercialising research results, inventions and innovations from Nigeria’s research and tertiary institutions.
Others, he said, were bringing to the fore, the capacities of Nigerian scientists, engineers, investors/inventors in contributing to
sustainable development of Nigeria and promoting collaborations among research institutions and researchers/inventors.
The EXPO would also facilitate growth of indigenous manufacturing hinged on STI, as well as promote culture in Nigeria and fast track the implementation of NASTIR 2030 and Presidential Executive Order No.5.
According to him, the EXPO 2019 will feature an exhibition of research and development results, inventions/innovations and STI products and services.
“STI entrepreneurial exhibition, investors/researchers forum, technical sessions on emerging STI issues, Special Days for organisations and states among others, assessment of research and development results, inventions/ innovations and STI products and services will also be on display.
He noted that prizes and certificates would be awarded to outstanding exhibitors in the categories of tertiary institutions, research institutions, investors/innovators, STI entrepreneurs, and Junior Engineers Technicians and Scientists.