The President of the ECOWAS Commission says that science and technology education is crucial for the development of Member States.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) described science and technology education as crucial for the socio-economic and cultural development of Member States.
president of the ECOWAS Commission, doctor Omar Touraisaid this in Abuja, during an award ceremony organized to mark the end of the launch of the African Forum for Research and Innovation (FARI) which aims to promote the development of science, technology and innovation (STI) among member states.
“The crucial role of research and innovation in transforming regional economies and responding to global challenges is increasingly visible.
“FARI is part of Pillar 4 of the ECOWAS Vision 2050,” Touray said at the forum where participants from some member states were honored with awards.
The press agency of Nigeria reports that the prizes were awarded to all Ministers of Science and Technology of ECOWAS Member States represented at the forum as well as participants, including individuals and beginners.
Likewise, Faith Odunsi, a 15-year-old Nigerian student who came first in the World Mathematics Competition received a cash prize of $10,000.
The President of the ECOWAS Commission said the sub-regional organization presented the awards as a sign of support.
Speaking at the event, Nigerian Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Adeleke Mamoraexpressed his gratitude to the sub-regional body for the cash prizes to the participants.
Mamora observed that cash rewards would go a long way in encouraging ECOWAS member states to do more.
According to him, the forum will help create a convergence of innovative minds to address the technological challenges facing ECOWAS Member States.
“We have learned and made discoveries from the beginning of this forum until the end which is today.
“I have no doubt that he can only get better and greater due to the coming together of the African brotherhood to challenge us to be able to face our challenges in our various countries.
“We can’t afford to wait for someone else.
“We’ve talked all along about science and technology innovation, which is globally recognized for doing things better and faster.
“We believe we will achieve a desirable outcome by solving our local issues,” Mamora said.
The forum was an opportunity to present the research and development efforts available in the region.
It also allowed researchers to network with the aim of improving their understanding of the role of science, technology and innovation in the socio-economic development of the sub-region.