BY: Yinka Okeowo
The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology (FMST) is partnering with UNESCO to establish a model Science and Technology parks in Sheda Science and Technology Complex (SHESCO), Kwali Abuja.
The Minister of State for Science and Technology, Barr. Mohammed Abdullahi disclosed in his opening remark at the Nigerian Triple Helix Roundtable Webinar with the theme ‘’How Innovation Drives Economic Development” on Thursday in Abuja.
According to Barr. Abdullahi, the parks project is modeled after the Triple Helix Mode for forging strategic alliances among Government, Research Institutes and Academia.
Barr. Abdullahi further said that the park will ensure efficient scientific transfer and technological breakthroughs from academia and research institutes to industries and businesses.
The park project will also provide start-ups with cheap space, facilities and business advisory while evolving a system that encourages and rewards innovation.
Barr. Abdullahi further said that a platform that will facilitate patenting of innovation and protection of intellectual property would be created by the park project.
The Ministry (Fmst Nigeria) he added, has put in place different initiatives, policies andprograms to exploit and commercialize research results. Some of the initiatives are Science and Technology Park, Technology Incubation Centres (TICs), Technology Cluster Project, he said.
In his words ‘’ we are pursuing various collaborations to enhance our technological capabilities to drive the economy through innovation and we are very much committed towards the actualization of these policies and projects”
Participants at the Webinar included Professor Suleiman Bogoro (Executive Secretary, TETFUND), Onyeche Tifase (M.D Siemens Nigeria), Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa (President, Pharmaceuticals of Nigeria) and Tope Toogun (Chairman Technical Committee Nigerian Triple Helix Roundtable).