The Secretary General of the Academic Staff Union of Research Institutions (ASURI) Dr. Theophilus Ndubuaku has urged the federal government to do more for the Research Institutes.
He made this statement at the strategic meeting of Directors General/Chief Executive Officers of research and development institutions and the leadership of ASURI on the National Research and Innovation Council (NRIC) (Establishment) Bill 2019 Thursday in Abuja.
Ndubuaku said with minimal occurrences of natural disasters, Nigeria should be among the richest nations in the world.
“Many current technological-advanced and rich nations such as China, India, Japan, South Korea and Malaysia initiated similar policies at about the same time but they were consistent with the implementation.
“At independence, the Nigerian economy was far better than those of some of these nation’s but we have transformed from net exporter to importer of goods and services from them,” he said.
Earlier, the Chairman Engr. Mohammed Jibrin said the aim of R&D was to give quality life to citizens.
“It is time to develop research which in turn will create more jobs and add to the GDP of the nation, because you use Science Technology and Innovation (STI) to acquire better knowledge for the nation,” Jibrin stated.