The Minister of State for Science and Technology, Barrister Mohammed Abdullahi, has stressed the need for Nigerians to be fully innovative and align with the rest of the world so as to grab the benefits on Artificial Intelligence and other related technologies.
Barrister Abdullahi gave the challenge in his remarks at the 18thmeeting of the National Council on Science, Technology and Innovation (NCSTI) held at Raw Materials Research and Development Council on Thursday, in Abuja.
“It is disappointing that Nigeria is not among the hundred or first ten in sub Africa in the world innovation index released by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) 2020,”
This, he explained, is a wake-up call for the Science and Technology sector, a statement by the Ministry said.
Barrister Mohammed also said that the Covid-19 pandemic has once again brought to fore the critical relevance of Science, Technology and Innovation, adding that the Ministry had made frantic efforts in providing strategic solutions to the covid-19.
While saying that the healthcare system was strained to the limit world-wide, Barrister Abdullahi added that it was only through science and technology that the healthcare system could be rejuvenated.
He disclosed that the Ministry is currently carrying out authentication exercise of claims by researchers, scientists and other relevant practitioners on their herbal cure for covid-19
Barrister Mohammed finally called on all stakeholders to cooperate and come out with solutions to the development challenges of the country.