The National Council on Science and Technology (NCST) in Nigeria has adopted the new Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy for the country. The adoption of the new Policy document took place at an extraordinary meeting of the Council held between Thursday, 12th and Friday, 13th May, 2011 in Lagos.
The adoption of the document followed a series of activities that culminated in the production of the policy draft which was submitted to the Council at the meeting under the supervision of the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Dr. Mrs. Dere Awosika.
While speaking at the meeting, the Honourable Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Mohammed Ka’oje Abubakar, lauded the efforts of all the experts that took part in the review of the old Science and Technology Policy and the development of the new STI Policy. He particularly commended the efforts of the National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM) for the exceptional job done in driving the efforts towards the development of the new policy. The new document, which he described as a needed tool for fast-tracking development in Nigeria, was put together following global best practices and involving reputable stakeholders from different sectors of the economy.
Reacting to questions from journalists, the Director General/Chief Executive Officer of NACETEM, Dr. Willie Siyanbola said that stakeholders from all sectors of the economy were involved in the process of developing the new policy document so as to avoid the pitfalls encountered by similar efforts previously embarked upon in Nigeria. According to him, “this is a policy all Nigerians can lay claims to”.