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Nigeria gets new science, technology, innovation policy

Nigeria’s Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Ita Ewa, said on Friday at the Akwa Ibom Science & Technology (AKISTECH) Week Exhibition/Fair 2012, in Uyo in south-eastern Nigeria that the new policy was a demonstration of the commitment of the Federal Government to the development of science and technology.

The history of developed countries around the world has confirmed that Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) remains the platform that drives the potential within these sectors through research and development programmes (R&D),” he said.

Ewa disclosed that the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) and Raw Materials Development Research and Development Council (RMRDC) would soon be established in the state as part of the Space Centre established at the University of Uyo.

In his speech at the exhibition, the State Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio, said that Akwa Ibom State would not relent in its commitment to science and technology as the field of human endeavour, where the frontiers of knowledge were being expanded.

He assured that the state government would provide employment and encourage wealth creation as it continues to invest in science and technology and bring happiness to the people.

Akpabio urged the youth in science and technical institutions to take advantage of government’s huge investments in science education.

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