Obaseki inaugurates science, technology development committee, Prof. Kessington Obahiagbon as the chairman.
Godwin Obaseki, the governor of Edo state, recently inaugurated Obahiagbon as the chairman of the Edo State Scientific, Technology, and Innovation Committee, which is responsible for designing a strategy to make the state science, technology, and innovation hub.
While inaugurating the committee at Government House in Benin City, Obaseki stated that the initiative is part of the government’s attempts to leverage technology to foster growth in many sectors of the state.
“As you are all aware, today’s world is all about technology, and any state or government that fails to capitalize on scientific advancement and knowledge will be left in the dark. The COVID-19 era has demonstrated that technology is critical for any state that wants to endure the pandemic’s dislocations.” Obaseki stated.
We are fortunate to be associated with specialists and pioneers in the field of rapidly advancing science and technology.” We felt these individuals should be brought together as a group to assist us in articulating the direction we should go in terms of constructing a new scientific and technological society.” He added.
Some of the committee’s areas of reference, according to Obaseki, include assisting the state in developing a science, technology, and innovation policy in accordance with the National Policy of Science, Technology, and Innovation.
“The group should also aid the state in formulating a strategy to increase grassroots understanding of science, technology, and innovation.”
“They should help establish a strategy that would make Edo State the national and international hub for science, technology, and innovation.” We can now spread technology across Nigeria if we become a tech hub. The committee should also assist in the development of a plan for the deployment of science, technology, and innovation through public-private partnership collaborations,” he said.
Prof. Obahiagbon responded by thanking Obaseki for the privilege given to the committee to serve the state.
“I assure you that the committee will do everything possible to place the state on the map in terms of science, technology, and innovation,” he stated.