Science, technology, innovation education: KNSG to partner research centers
By Abba Dukawa
Kano State Government has reaffirmed its commitment in collaborating with research centres in the country for the development of science, technology and innovation in the state.
The Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Hajiya Amina Aliyu Musa, disclosed this when she led the management staff of the ministry for an official visit to the National Centre for Science and Technology, Sheda in Abuja, the federal capital recently.
A statement from the Public Relations Officer of the ministry, Malam Maikudi Muhammad Marafa, a copy of which was made available to The Triumph, indicated that the visit was aim at creating synergy with federal and international agencies in order to harness the potentialities for local technologies as vehicles for socio-economic development of the state as hinted by the Permanent Secretary.
Hajiya Amina Musa further stated that the visit would also pave way for promoting and harnessing scientific and technological research as well as supporting initiative for innovation in the creation of new products and techniques, especially in areas of agriculture, industry, science and technology education and health. The Permanent Secretary then solicited for mutual collaboration between the state and the centre for the socio-economic development of the state.
Earlier in his remarks, the Director General of the centre, Professor P. C. Onyenekwe, represented by Dr. Abayomi Orishadipe explained that the centre was established for the purpose of enabling institutions and individuals to undertake a wide range of research and development with modern equipment for research and development involving highest level of technology.
He added that the centre also provides opportunities for utilizing high technology to contribute towards uplifting the standard of living of the nation’s citizenry as well as guarantee for a wholesome environment. Dr. Orishadipe then solicited for the support of the state government to provide a space for the establishment of an outreach research centre so as to be the first of its kind in the North West and the country in general.
Later the Permanent Secretary, who was together with the Director, Administration and General Services of the ministry, Alhaji Hamisu Suleman Garko and the management staff of the ministry, was conducted round the centre for an inspection of the facilities there which include Biotechnology Advanced Research Centre, Chemistry Advanced Research Centre, Physics Advanced Research Centre and Applied Mathematics and Simulation Advanced Research Centre respectively.