Federal Ministry of Science and Technology will sign and consolidate the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO, framework to further support the nation’s science and technology sector.
The Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, disclosed this when she received Nigeria’s Permanent Delegate at UNESCO, Mrs. Mariam Katagum in her office in Abuja.
According to her, the ministry could not sign the framework before now because of paucity of funds but assured that the National Scientific Fund will soon be reinvigorated, stressing that when that is done it will propel the ministry’s activities at the UNESCO.
She stressed that the existing relationship between the ministry and UNESCO has impacted positively on the development of the new Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, especially the flagship project of Sheda Science and Technology Complex, SHESTCO Silicon Valley, SSV, Park among other projects.
Mrs. Oyo-Ita called on UNESCO to assist the ministry in its effort to get the balance of the Nigeria-UNESCO self-benefiting project on STI Policy and assured the UNESCO that government was ready to interact and fast track any collaborative efforts that would boost its developmental initiatives.
Speaking earlier, Mrs. Katagum, said she was in the ministry to discuss the way forward in getting the attention of the ministry to sign its framework agreement that would enable full promotion of Nigeria’s science and technology sector.
She called on the ministry to step up effort to participate fully in all UNESCO meetings adding at these meetings important science and technology issues are highlighted. The forum she further said is a veritable platform for networking and awareness creation on UNESCO and its activities.
She disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has been invited to attend the UNESCO general conference in November primarily to sign the Memorandum of Understanding between UNESCO and Nigeria.