President Muhammadu Buhari has approved for the Ministry of Science and Technology to be renamed the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.
This was confirmed on Friday by Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, at a news briefing in Abuja.
Onu explained that the change of name, was to facilitate economic growth and global competitiveness as well as to make Nigeria a nation of innovators.
According to the Minister, in 2017 the Federal Executive Council, under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, approved the National Science, Technology and Innovation Roadmap (NSTIR 2017-2030).
“This was to use Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) to catalyse Nigeria’s economic growth and competitiveness.
“This document laid out a core policy for driving positive socio-economic outcomes through science, technology and innovation in all activities of the economy,’’ Onu said.
The minister said this had necessitated the ministry’s change of name to the Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, as approved by the Presidency.
He noted that the new development would require the ministry to drive the Innovation Agenda by embarking on a branding campaign, in line with its expected mandate in ensuring productivity and economic growth.
Onu said that the change would help to meet the needs of other sectors of the economy and all stakeholders by supporting the generation and application of knowledge to solve socio-economic challenges.