Obaseki inaugurates science, technology development committee
Edo stake Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, yesterday, inaugurated Prof. Kessington Obahiagbon as the chairman of the Edo State Science, Technology and Innovation Committee, charged with developing a strategy that will make the state a hub for science, technology and innovation.
Obaseki, while inaugurating the committee at Government House, Benin City, said the move is part of the government’s efforts to drive growth in various sectors of the state, leveraging technology.
He said: “As you are all aware, today’s world is about technology and any state or government that fails to take advantage of scientific development and information will be left in the dark. The COVID-19 era has shown that technology is important for any state that wishes to survive dislocations brought by the pandemic.
“We are lucky, blessed, and fortunate to be affiliated with experts and leaders in the area of proliferating science and technology. We felt these people should be put together as a group to help us articulate, very clearly, the direction we should be going in terms of building a new scientific and technological society.”
Obaseki listed some of the terms of reference for the committee to include helping the state to draft a policy on science, technology and innovation as stipulated in the National Policy of Science, Technology and Innovation.
“The committee should also assist the state in developing a strategy to improve the awareness on science, technology and innovation at the grassroots.
“They should assist in developing a strategy that will make Edo State the hub of science, technology and innovation within and outside the country. If we become a tech hub, we can now proliferate technology across Nigeria. Also, the committee should help in developing a strategy for the deployment of science, technology and innovation through public-private partnership collaborations,” he said.
Responding, Prof. Obahiagbon thanked Obaseki for the privilege given to the committee to serve the state.
“I want to assure you that the committee would do its best to put the state on a global map in terms of science, technology and innovation,” he said.