UNESCO to spend $5bn on Science Foundation

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UNESCO to spend $5bn on Science Foundation
Written by Ruby Rabiu   
Tuesday, 01 April 2008

The UNESCO has proposed to spend about $5 billion on a National Science and Technology Foundation to promote research and other fundamental issues in Nigeria to enable the country be part of the best economies by 2020.

Director and Country Representative of UNESCO and ECOWAS in Nigeria, Mr. Abhimanya Singh, disclosed this yesterday in Abuja at the opening ceremony of the maiden edition of the Nigeria/UNESCO Quiz Competition for Primary and Secondary Schools across the country.

Singh said the initiative came after a research was conducted by the Agency on behalf of Nigeria, which necessitated the establishment of a National Science and Technology Foundation to refocus Nigeria into a more strategic position to complete with other nations.

He said; “UNESCO is proposing a National Mathematics and Science Foundation worth 5 billion dollars. After an analytical and review studies done by UNESCO, a proposal emerged that the federal government of Nigeria should establish a science foundation to promote fundamental and other research in science and technology which can be funded through an endowment of 5 billion dollars”.

The proposal which according to Singh, aroused the interest of the immediate past administration, is also being considered by President Umar Musa Yar Adua.

“The past administration took a keen interest in the proposal which was prepared along with legislation for consideration by the Federal Executive Council (FEC). And that is now being taken up as an important priority by the new administration”, he explained.

According to him, there was need to encourage more women into fields of engineering, and other related courses, which they are not allowed to do because of the conservative attitude of Nigerians.

Commenting on the quiz competition which attracted participants from schools across Nigeria , he said it would stimulate interest in science education as well as change the mindset of people on the sciences.


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