The Federal Government has been urged to come up with a working policy that would mandate industries to support research activities in the country.
President, Science Association of Nigeria, SAN, Prof. Adekunle Amoo, made the call in an interview with newsmen on Sunday in Abuja.
Amoo, a Professor of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), said such support would enhance cooperation among Universities, research institutes and industries.
“There should be synergy among universities, research institutes and industries to finance research activities of interest.
“Therefore, the research findings can be commercialised in terms of funding, grants and scholarships.
He also advised the government to put the round peg in round hole, saying: “we have enough of capable human resources in this country; therefore, there is no point in asking a carpenter to manage a mechanic workshop.
“The government at all levels should look inwards to see where there are mistakes and problems with a view to solve them.
“They should also look outwards to see the available opportunities and make use of their findings to plan for better future of Nigerians.
“They should better the lives of Nigerians, most especially in the areas of security, empowerment, good governance, economy and technological development,’’ he said.
According to him, Nigeria is not yet where it should be but the country is making efforts to improve and add values to the existing technologies.
“Technology is applied science; therefore, government at all levels should adequately fund the science education, and provide adequate and environment conducive for scientists to carry out their researches.
“They should provide environment conducive through the provision of standard laboratories with functioning state-of-earth equipment, stable water and power supply.
“Also, they should recognise Scientists as Professionals,’’ he said.
Amoo said SAN had been organising annual conference to discuss some topical issues affecting the country and proffer solutions to them.
He said the association would collaborate with Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, to hold its 2019 edition of annual conference slated to hold in Sokoto from July 14th to 18th.
The Science Association of Nigeria (SAN), established in 1958 has made considerable impact on the growth of Nigeria’s scientific space.
Over the last 58 years many more scientists in Nigeria have joined the association with specific purpose of making their contributions to scientific and technological development of this country.