President Buhari promises more allocation to research

President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria will ensure adequate resource allocation for research in science and technology.

The President was speaking in Addis Ababa at a breakfast meeting of the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS).

Organized by the President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, President Buhari said technology was aiding Nigeria’s advancement in critical sectors of the economy.

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He told the gathering that due to the relevance of science and technology in national development, his administration had a ministry dedicated to the sector, being headed by a scientist.

He said the government was concentrating on encouraging students, at the primary and post primary levels to love and study more of science related subjects rather than arts, political science and history.

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Earlier, the Ghanaian President had said as an inter-governmental organisation made up of 27 member states, COMSATS was playing a leading role in cultivating an enhanced culture of scientific and technological co-operation among member states.

He said the body was achieving its objective through capacity-building, education, research and development.

Contributing to an open discussion at the meeting, Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State, who is part of the Nigerian President’s entourage to Ethiopia, called on the body to structure its operations in a way that would creates centres of excellence in member states.

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Ayade said such centres would help in the education, training and research for citizens of participating countries in specific fields and vocations of science and technology.

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