Nigeria’s former Education Minister and presidential candidate of the Allied Congress of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, has explained her to make Nigeria’s economy the most innovative in the entire Africa as soon as she emerges President.
In a press statement, she said that if well-managed, Nigeria’s economy would outshine that of its contemporaries in Africa.
The ACPN presidential candidate maintained that this was achievable through the creation of a special fund for science and technology and reformation of key financial institutions.
According to her, the goal is to kick-start the process of becoming Africa’s number one innovation and knowledge economy. The STI fund will support the building of a robust national innovation system, carry out reforms and re-organisation of existing institutions, and fund the scale-up of Small and Medium-scale Enterprises and start-ups in the technology space, research and development, knowledge transfer, among others. The fund will function as a partnership between the government and the private sector.”
Ezekwesili is quoted as saying policies that would ensure increase of technology start-ups in the country by at least 500 per cent in the next four years would be designed and implemented.