Skills Aquisition on STI Policy Development
A total of 65 Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) officers from State Ministries of Science and Technology, Agriculture and Water Resources, Environment, Energy, Power, Science Education, Health, selected higher education and research institutions as well as the civil society have had their skills and knowledge improved at a UNESCO-organised training. The training, which was a 2-day national workshop, brought together experts from states, public institutions and private sector to build their capacity to domesticate the national STI policy.
The main objective of the workshop was to strengthen the capacity of states to have a roadmap for developing their STI policies as well as effectively implementing STI for sustainable socio-economic transformation.
The major outcomes of the workshop were:
• Skills, knowledge and capacity of 65 STI experts strengthened to develop their STI policies and roadmaps for sustain-able development in their various states.
• Participants agreed to produce their state STI policies and roadmaps before the end of 2013.
• Major highlights included:
• The clarion call for State Governments to establish Ministry of Science and Technology in their states
• Establishment of Technology Incubation Centers in each state
• Adequate funding of the State Ministry of Science and Technology in states where they exist.
• The need for more advocacy and sensitization of State Legislators to adopt the STI policy and promote the holistic implementation of the STI policy in the state.
• Developing effective networks and collaborations with relevant stakeholders, the private sectors and civil society on the application of STI for poverty alleviation and sustain able development.