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GOVERNMENT HONOURS YOUNG SCIENTISTS WITH NATIONAL AWARD
The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, has reiterated the commitment of government to always recognize and support vital research works and meaningful contributions that will uplift the science sector and improve the welfare of the citizens.
Mrs. Oyo-Ita, represented by the Director Health and Biomedical Sciences Dr. Manasseh T. Gwaza stressed that any scientific achievement that is inline with the core objective of government to propel development in the country must be recognized and rewarded so as to encourage young Nigerians in the field of Science to also contribute their quota to national development.
Mrs. Oyo-Ita stated this at the event of African Union-Third World Academic of Sciences Young Scientists National Award in her office in Abuja.
The African Union- Third World Academy of Sciences (AU-TWAS) Young Scientists National Award is an annual African Union\Third World Academy of Sciences event geared towards identifying and rewarding the competitive works of young scientists that are targeted at improving the lives of people in third world countries.
The awardees Dr. Okunola A. Alabi who specializes in Basic Science, Technology and Innovation category and Dr. Moses E. Emetere in Earth and Life Sciences category, emerged as winners in this year annual event through their research studies in environmental contamination, cytogenotocxicity of contaminants and the mechanisms of actions of environmental contaminants in Nigeria. Also their research on environmental modeling, atmospheric modeling, biological modeling, condensed matter modeling, geophysical modeling and educational modeling earned them the awards.
The Permanent Secretary also assured the Academy of strengthening the relationship between the Ministry and the Nigeria Academy of Science noting that the Ministry has in place the National Research and Innovation Fund that will boost scientific research that will enable government achieve its national objectives.
While presenting the national awards to the two young Nigerian scientists that have distinguished themselves in the African Union-Third World Academic of Sciences competition, Mrs. Oyo-Ita said with the support of the present administration for science and technology, the country is in line for rapid national development hinged on the youths.
Speaking earlier, Mrs. Scholastica Lan from the National Academy of Science said the essence of the awards stems from the recognition of the innovative and creative works of young scientists for advancing scientific breakthroughs and successes in developing countries by the African Union. She also noted that the award was competitive and opened to young scientists from across the country out of which the two young Nigerians were selected by a Panel of eminent scientists from across the country.
The award, according to her is usually presented on the 9th of September from all countries across Africa being the Science Day as declared by the United Nations
DELIBRATIONS OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE COLLABORATION WITH THE MEXICAN AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION (AMEXCID), AT THE HMST’S OFFICE, 4TH FLOOR, FEDERAL SECRETARIAT, PHASE II, ON WEDNESDAY, 15TH JULY
The Embassy of the United Mexican States for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID) sought for collaboration with the Federal Government of Nigeria in various Science and Technology areas that would benefit the Country. The areas that AMEXCID could offer collaboration include:
· Public Health;
· Civil Protection and Agriculture;
· Environment etc.
Accordingly, the collaboration could be in any/or all of the following:
ü International Training (45%);
ü Experts’ Visit (35%), and
ü Work on Sites (20%).
The Ministry and her agencies adapted the following Projects/Programmes of interest:
ü Community Based Technology Cluster;
ü Equipment Maintenance;
ü Small Hydro Power Project;
ü Tannery Effluent, and
ü Treatment Technology
ü Off-shore wind Energy mapping
ü Creation of sustainable TseTse and Trypanosomiasis free areas in Nigeria
ONE DAY STAKEHOLDERS WORKSHOP TO VALIDATE THE DRAFT POLICY DOCUMENT ON THE USE OF ICT FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE AND ELECTIONS IN NIGERIA
The one day workshop on the validation of a policy document on the use of ICT in Governance and Electoral Process in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Perspective was well attended by the staff of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology and her Agencies, Federal Ministry of Youth, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, Independent National Electoral Commission, Federal Ministry of Communication Technology, NGOs, as well as other relevant stakeholders. The theme of the workshop was the Development of a Policy Framework on the use of ICT in Governance and Electoral Process in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Perspective.
The successful hosting of the workshop was supported by the Democratic Governance for Development (DGD) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The formulation and validation of the policy document on the use of ICT to promote good governance and electoral process would help to develop ICT infrastructure and integration of ICTs in the electoral process as well as create a visible network of systems which is in line with the National vision of the Universal access of good governance and electoral systems.
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