As part of efforts to boost research and innovation in the country, the Federal Government on Monday donated N20 million to four National Academies for the publication of professional journals.
The four academies are the Nigerian Academy of Letters, the Nigerian Academy of Science, the Nigerian Academy of Social Science and Nigerian Academy of Engineering
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu who made the donation enjoined the academies to strive to integrate their knowledge especially as innovations are at the reach of everyone, adding that “knowledge cannot be compartmentalized in this fast-growing internet age”.
Dr. Onu urged the Science academies to explore the benefits in social sciences in order to solve some societal problems and boost innovations.
The Minister noted that it will be easier to solve critical National problems when we bring together the best brains we have in the country because according to him in solving scientific problems one need to relate to the environment.
He commended them for their contribution to national development and charge them to continue to harness the potentials in the country to make it greater.
“it is high time we move away from just having potentials but utilize them to move Nigeria forward, Dr. Onu added.
In his remarks, the President of the Nigerian Academy of Science, Professor Mosto Onuoha thanked the minister for his thoughtfulness and innovative ideas in considering the academics for cash donations.
He said the publication of academic journals by academies had suffered due to lack of finance.
He assured the Minister that the money would be well utilized to advance the frontiers of knowledge, research and innovations.
He thanked the Minister for the gesture and called for more collaboration between the Academies and the Ministry.
Head Press and Public Relations
25th March 2019.