Pantami highlights the importance of technology for national development – ​​The Sun Nigeria

Prof. Isa Pantami, Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, on Monday in Kaduna, highlighted the importance of technology for national development.

Pantami made the call while speaking via virtual conference at the opening of a first-ever two-day International Faculty of Science Conference, hosted by the Kaduna Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT).

The conference was in line with the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (IYBSSD 2022).

It had the theme ‘Positioning of Basic Sciences and Technology in the Improvement of the Digital Economy and National Security’.

The international conference was held in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and with the support of Kaura Motors, a car company.

Pantami stated that the government and educational institutions should pay more attention to science and technology as the key to the country’s development.

He also said that functional, practical and relevant science and technology education, rather than theories, which were given high priority in learning institutions, would impact the necessary skills in students.

He added that these would address unemployment in the country.

According to him, technology continues to be the path for sustainable development, noting that it was the path for the digital transformation of people in society.

“Relevant technology is the way to lift many out of poverty in Nigeria; technology is the key to sustainable development because it has the potential to completely transform our society,” she said.

The minister further said that the application of basic science and technology could lead to effective solutions.

He said that such solutions would ameliorate security challenges and restore peace and security to achieve Nigeria’s sustainable development.

He also said that innovative capacities, through science and technology, were critical to ensuring food sufficiency and leveraging agriculture and the broader food system as a driver for economic and sustainable development.

In addition, Governor Nasir Elrufa’i said that the state government had put in place modalities to improve relevant science and technology education in the state, adding that in basic education they had employed more than 24,000 primary school teachers.

Elrufa’i, represented by Kaduna State Ministry of Business Innovation and Technology Permanent Secretary Dr. Yusuf Saleh, said the state government completed six new science high schools and revamped technical colleges across the state.

He also said that the government has created Social and Community Development Centers, among others, as part of the efforts to guarantee the development of basic science and technology in various
educational levels in the state.

Earlier, AFIT Commander AVM Muhammad Yakubu said that IYBSSD was responding to the UN’s invitation for organizations including academia to observe and raise awareness of the importance of basic sciences.

This ii in the search for the achievement of sustainable development.

He explained that the proclamation of the year 2022 as the Year of Basic Sciences by the UN General Assembly was in progress.
recognition of the importance of basic sciences for subsistence.

According to him, greater global awareness and greater education in basic sciences are vital to achieve sustainable development and improve the quality of life of the citizens of nations.

“According to Michel Spiro, president of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), the basic sciences provide the essential means to face crucial challenges.”

Challenges include universal access to food, energy, healthcare and communication technologies, Yakubu said.

He said that from the theme of the conference, the priority areas identified were clear and the rationale for the choice was obviously for keen observers of Nigeria’s economic and security landscape.

“Regarding security, the various waves and myriad security challenges in Nigeria’s six geopolitical zones have, for some time, threatened the country’s corporate existence.

“Therefore, it would be encouraging if the application of basic sciences can lead us to effective solutions that diminish and eliminate these challenges and restore peace and security to achieve sustainable development in our country.”

He noted that research such as the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and digital forensics for national security and the role of technology in combating banditry and food insecurity in northwest Nigeria would be featured.

He said other presentations would be on “enhancing Nigeria’s security capacity through biotechnology”, a descriptive analysis of the connections between basic science and quality of life.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the highlight of the conference was the display of moving UAVs and prototype remote controlled explosives, among others. (NAN)

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