The Federal Government is proposing a new National Research and Innovation Fund Bill that would provide financial support for innovation and research.

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu disclosed this while addressing participants at the North- West  sensitization  programme  on  National Science , Technology and Innovation Road Map ( NSTIR)  and the Executive Order 5 held in Kaduna over the weekend.

The Ministry he said, is working tirelessly to ensure that Nigeria becomes a knowledge- based economy by the 2030 in line with the provisions of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan 2017 -2020 ( ERGP) of the federal government.

According to the Minister, the National Science Technology and Innovation Road Map was crafted with a view for a long- time lifespan to take Nigeria to the Promised Land.

Dr Onu further said that the Executive Order 5 would go a long way in promoting both local and foreign investment in the country as well as create employment, while also stimulating the economy.

“The Order will also guarantee home- grown capability and capacity to maintain, redesign, reinforce, domesticate and duplicate any infrastructure that is built in Nigeria for self – reliance and development “he added.

With this, Dr Onu explained, Nigerian innovators and investors in Diaspora would be encouraged to come home, adding that the era of brain drain was over.

Earlier in his remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Bitrus Bako Nabasu, said that the Executive Order 5 is a foundation for a knowledge – based economic revolution that will eventually entrench Science, Technology Innovation (STI) in everyday life, which is key to achieving the nation’s development goals across all sectors of the economy.

He also charged staff of Agencies from the North-West geo- political zone to apprise their staff of the content of the National Science Innovation Road Map (NSTIR) 2017- 2030,that through this approach, other staff of the Ministry and Agencies would become ambassadors in acquainting the citizenry on the Road – Map.

In his opening remarks earlier, the Director Science Technology Promotion, Dr Ekanem Udoh, said that the National Science Innovation Road Map 2017- 2030 is a step – by –step framework designed to approach and ensure rapid acceleration of growth and development of a knowledge driven economy.

AbdulGaniyu Aminu

DD (Press)