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Tinubu directs MDAs to apply research outcomes in policy formulation, execution in key sectors

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Nigerian Academy of Science Team in the State House, Abuja, FCT

*President Bola Ahmed Tinubu emphasises his administration is advancing an all-encompassing approach to leveraging the capacity of Nigerians to utilise research outcomes, innovate and create solutions across the public and private sectors of the Nigerian economy

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In a move to further enrich policy formulations that impact the real sector of the Nigerian economy, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has directed relevant Federal Government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure that the outcomes of research in science and technology are applied in the execution process.

Tinubu issued the directive when the President of the Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) and the Fellows of the Academy paid a courtesy visit to the Nigerian leader Thursday, March 7, 2024, in the State House, Abuja, FCT.

Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement issued Thursday, said Tinubu stressed that his administration is advancing an all-encompassing approach to leveraging the capacity of Nigerians to innovate and create solutions from all spheres of human initiative across the public and private sectors, including farming, manufacturing, information technology, and the academia.

“The pathway to unlocking the potential of our national contribution to the global economy of tomorrow lies in what we do today.

I am fully committed to the comprehensive integration of research, and the outcomes of research with the process of policy formulation and implementation in all fields of national endeavour,” President Tinubu told leaders of the Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS).

During his investiture as the Grand Patron of Science by the Academy, the President said the pace of change around the world, reflected in some national and global challenges, requires more reliance on research for solutions and actionable data, especially in health and education.

The President further stated: “The Minister of Education, the Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, and the Minister of Budget and Economic Planning are here. “All the relevant ministries should sit up and ensure that science research guides process development in relevant areas of advantage. We must not fail to utilise research outcomes in the process of enriching our policies.”

There’s need to establish a national research fund: Prof. Braide, NAS President

Speaking during their visit to the State House, Prof. Ekanem Braide, President of the Nigerian Academy of Science, said a national research fund should be established as the country moves towards a knowledge-driven economy.

Prof. Braide said: “Mr. President, we thank you for your support for a national research fund and we believe that this will go a long way in resolving our challenges.

“And indeed, we can make quicker progress if we take advantage of the inputs of all Nigerians from the business community, the academia, and the public sector.”

Listing some of the interventions and achievements of the Academy in improving the lives of Nigerians, Braide further advised that the country’s 265 universities, 84 polytechnics, and 205 colleges of education be upscaled in science research infrastructure and funding.

Tinubu as well acknowledged the historic feat of Prof. Ekanem Braide in emerging as the first female President of the Nigerian Academy of Science since its establishment in 1977, stated the Presidential Spokesman.

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