Science, technology, panacea for underdevelopment ? Ijagbone
The Director-General, Nigerian Institute of Science Laboratory Technology, Dr. Ighodalo Folorunso Ijagbone, has said that massive injection of funds to science, technology and laboratory science will enhance the urgent realisation of the Vision 2020 goals and national development.
He also called on the Federal Government and stakeholders in the education sector to create an enabling environment that would make science and technology education attractive to students.
Ijagbone, who was represented by the Director, Planning Research and Development, Mr. Folorunso Sunmonu, said this at a news conference to announce the activities lined up for the 2008 Annual National Conference of NISLT scheduled to hold in Benin on November 6, 2008.
According to him, Nigeria has made worthwhile efforts to reinforce the country?s science and technology capacity but still lags behind in international competitiveness despite these efforts.
He noted that the widening gap in technological development between developed and underdeveloped countries was traceable to the underdevelopment of science education at the grass root level occasioned by inadequate funding of science and technology education.
?When science and technology becomes a culture of a people, the story of its development changes, these we have seen in the developed nations of the world, and Nigeria as a nation should emulate this,? he said.
But, he observed that the absence of functional standard laboratories in both secondary and tertiary institutions, coupled with over-emphasis on theoretical components of science delivery, had resulted in the production of unskilled manpower incapable of driving the nation?s science and technology sector.
To correct the inadequacies in the laboratory system, Ijagbone said the institute had intensified its human capacity development programme.
?We at the NISLT have mounted over 40 training workshops in different aspects of Science Laboratory Technology with over 1,000 scientists and technologists trained for universities, polytechnics, research institutes and industries,? he said.
The impact of this, he said, had been positive with many laboratories performing well.
He disclosed that the institute would soon inaugurate its ultra-modern multi-purpose laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.