Presidency plans new law on research council, science fund
The Presidency has disclosed plan to send a new bill to back up the establishment of the recently inaugurated National Research and Innovation Council (NRIC), and the nation’s science and innovation fund to the National Assembly.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnya Onu, gave this indication when he presided over a meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee of the National Research and Innovation Council in Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who chaired the Council recently inaugurated the National Research and Innovation to deepen research and development in Nigeria and challenged the body to produce Nobel Laureates in science.
Onu noted that a draft of the bill would be fine-tuned by the Ministry of Justice before it is sent to the National Assembly.
He said: “We have constituted four sub-committees. The sub-committee are: sources of funding/strategies for accessing funds; governance structure for the NRIC and National Research and Innovation Fund; priority areas of research and development as well as fast tracking the draft bill in the Federal Ministry of Justice. I do sincerely hope that the reports of the various sub-committees are ready to enable us speedily and conscientiously consider them for appropriate action in the course of this meeting.
“As you are already aware, this Technical Advisory Committee is the technical arm of the National Research and Innovation Council. It is therefore important that we put the interest of the nation first in all our deliberations. Indeed, as we prepare for the next meeting of the National Research and Innovation Council, it is important that our discussions today are conscientious and also driven by a deep sense of purpose and love of country. In this regard, I urge that we remain conscious of our desire for Nigeria to become he technology hub of Africa. I am confident that if only we put in our best, this will certainly be achieved.”