The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnya Onu has inaugurated Competiveness Assessment Committee to assess the relevance of researches and innovations of agencies under his Ministry.

Speaking while inaugurating the committee on Tuesday   August 7, 2018  in the Ministry, Dr.  Onu said the committee will assist the Ministry assess its seventeen agencies with a view to encouraging hard work and ensure renewed focus on their mandates.

The assessment also comes with a reward ranging from N1billion to N5m aimed at encouraging them to be creative, inventive and innovative.  Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu said that the competition is the incentive needed to give life for sustainable achievement of the country.

According to Dr. Onu, the inauguration of the competition was aimed at encouraging hard work and ensure that agencies focus on their mandates. He added that the idea of encouraging healthy competition among the agencies of the ministry is to facilitate development in the science and technology sector.

Dr. Onu said that bi-annual event may become annual in future, while the ministry will increase the amount to be won by the agencies. He charged the committee members to ensure that everything was done to ensure fairness in the assessment the agencies.

The 17-member committee is expected to assess the relevance of Agencies research and innovation to national development, assess the originality and uniqueness of research results of agencies and the level of local content utilization in research and development amongst others.

 In his acceptance remarks, the chairman of the committee the President of Nigerian Academy of science, Prof. Motso Onuoha said science and technology is key to national development.  He assured that the committee will do its best to deliver on its mandate by putting up a template that is innovative and original to the mandates of each agencies

Prof. Onuaha said consideration will also be given to agencies that produced innovations we need in the country and also adapt to the needs of the nation

The committee is expected to submit its report by the end of August

AbdulGaniyu Aminu

Head: Press & Public Relations Unit

7th August, 2018