Barr. Adebayo Shittu, minister of Communications, has proposed inaugurating a small committee which will comprise of scientists and technologists from the Ministry and the African Union Scientific, Technical and Research Commission to draw an action plan which will help look into problems besetting the communications and power sectors.
The Minister said made the statement while welcoming delegates of the African Union Scientific, Technical and Research Commission in his office, Abuja, stressing that problems such as power outages among others can be fixed with the collection of scientists and technologists from all over Africa.
Shittu disclosed that since the President Buhari led government came on board, the ministry has supported every meaningful initiative from every quarter ”once we are convinced that the end of our relationship will benefit our people and African continent”.
He assured the visitors that the ministry is prepared to partner with the body, noting that “as a sign of our seriousness, I will be proposing that we should set up a small committee which will comprise of scientists and technologists from our side with your own to come together and draw an action plan which will help us to achieve the goals we are looking at”.
The minister commended the body, saying “I am happy that you are visiting us today not for business but for the development of science and technology which will bring about networking for the betterment of our people. There is no doubt like you have said that we have fantastic human resources all over the African continent”.
According to Engr. Ahmed Hamdy, the executive director, the body was in the ministry to further discuss areas of common interest on the project that will forge a common front in the continent and to appreciate the ministry’s contribution to the recent Information Day Meeting on African Union Network of Sciences held on May 5, 2016.
The Executive Director disclosed that the Commission was established in 2013 to cater for the development of the Continent and to ensure that it was able to build a prospect system to allow the resources to change the economic target of Africa from a commodity driven economy to a technological based economy.
He explained that this is more in the area of ICT so as to have the Arab Union and AU Action Plan, which was endorsed by the Heads of State and Government in 2016.
“I believe that the broadband experience which we have here in Nigeria is a good example that the broadband can increase the GDP. The project that we are implementing in science and technology is to utilise science and technology to benefit our community”, he added.
Those on the entourage of the Executive Director include: Dr. Mohammed, Senior Scientific Officer Coordination, Nebyat Ayele, Programme Associate Consultant and Marie Johnson, Executive Secretary to the Executive Director.
Barrister Adebayo Shittu received the visitors alongside the Permanent Secretary, Arc. Sonny Echono and other directors in the ministry.
Barr. Adebayo Shittu, minister of Communications (4th Left) while welcoming delegates from AU in his office.