08 October 2019
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Hi, my name is OBIDIMMA EZEZIKA
NEF Ambassador – Nigeria
Dr. Ezezika is an Assistant Professor, Teaching stream at the University of Toronto and the founder of the African Centre for Innovation and Leadership Development. His research interests lie at the nexus of implementation science, global health and food security. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Toronto, he was a Grand Challenges Fellow at the United Nations Every Woman Every Child Innovation Marketplace, where he worked with a variety ofglobal health stakeholders, including the Gates Foundation and USAID, to take high-impact innovations from the bench to the bedside and improve the health of women, children and adolescents in low- and middle-income countries. Dr. Ezezika has a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Georgia and masters in Environmental Management from Yale University.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SCIENCE IN Nigeria
In Nigeria, science and technology have been discovered to be the “lifeline” for the development of all other sectors and the “key driver” for the national and socio-economic development. The catastrophic effect of the fall in the price of crude oil on Nigeria’s economy has led the Federal Government to explore other ways of boosting the country’s economy. This accounts for the interest in developing the sector of science and technology to impel the development in other sectors of the economy.
The impact of science and technology on the economic growth and diversification of Nigeria’s economy in the past few years cannot be overemphasized. In 2017 for instance, the contribution of the telecommunication sector to the GDP was estimated to be 10%. Developing science and technology in Nigeria will entail encouraging the youths to develop interest STEM fields in order to boost economic development in the country.