Science & Technology(S&T) is one of the factors that could advance the development of Nigeria and Africa at large. It is well understood that countries with strong abilities to create, distribute, and utilized scientific and technological knowledge are better able to compete in a competitive global market. S&T applies to a diverse range of economic and social projects. From agriculture to energy, water and the environment, ST&I is a major driver in capacity building, knowledge production and technical innovation.

 


The guiding document for AU/NEPAD’s activities in S&T is Africa’s Science & Technology Consolidated Plan of Action, endorsed by the AU Summit in Khartoum in 2006.The plan consolidates S&T programmes of the AU and NEPAD. The programmes in the Consolidated Plan of Action (CPA) belong to the following clusters:

(i) biosciences and environment,
(ii) natural sciences and engineering
(iii) health, and
(iv) improving policy conditions for research, development and technology transfer.

  • The CPA identified three pillars of S&T:
    Capacity Building: Development of human skills in S&T to solve African problems.
    Knowledge Production: Generation of scientific and technical knowledge of African problems and how to solve them.
    Technological Innovation: Innovation of specific products, processes, and services in an African context.


Aims and Objectives

i. To harness and apply science technology and related innovations to reduce/eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development.
ii. To ensure that Nigeria contribute to the global pool of scientific knowledge and technological innovations.
iii. To ensure Nigeria’s rapid accession to today’s knowledge society through Science and Technology and particularly ICT.
iv. To improve quality of and access to infrastructure and facilities.
v. To produce knowledge that should contribute to efficiency production and delivery of goods and services in such sectors as infrastructure, public health, agriculture, environment and trade and industry, among others.

What is happening in the programme?

a. Currently discussing with NMC on how to establish partnership that will help to build institutional capacity in critical areas for human scientific and technological development.
b. The Trans Saharan Gas Pipeline Project (TSGP) which is ongoing. The Project involve construction of a 4,300 km gas pipeline from Nigeria to Algeria to interconnect the gas networks of the two countries and to export 20 billion cubic metres of gas to Europe. Export of Nigerian natural gas, which would otherwise have been flared, will enhance North-South partnerships. The project will serve as a backbone network to eventually supply gas to African countries (ongoing).
c. Alternative Energy Programme in collaboration with National Energy Commission (ECN) to harness the renewable energy potentials in Nigeria for poverty reduction (ongoing).
d. NEPAD Short Term Action Plan on Infrastructure for adaptation for local implementation.
e. NEPAD/Global Hand Washing Day with Soap Project: Clean Hands Save Live (ongoing).

What has been done so far.

i. The handing over of the NEPAD-Interactive Learning Network Projects to the host Institutions in May 2013.
ii. NEPAD Nigeria held a stakeholders round table meeting in partnership with Chika Consortium on the mobilization of Nigeria youth to combat economic challenges and unemployment.
iii. Hosted a meeting with NNPC and ICRC on the update and challenges facing the project implementation. These were identified as constitutional issues which the meeting the meeting agreed to be taken up at the political level as it involves ratification of bilateral agreement.