Shettima emphasizes technology for a productive workforce

Vice President Kashim Shettima yesterday emphasized the crucial role of science and technology in devising solutions for Nigeria’s progress through a productive workforce.
Shettima, who spoke at the 5th National Productivity Summit organized by the National Productivity Center (NPC) in Abuja, highlighted the country’s reservoir of talent, where he expressed optimism on Nigeria’s potential to make significant progress through innovation in the global arena.

The theme of the summit was: “Achieving higher productivity and national development through the use of science, technology and innovation”.

He said President Bola Tinubu’s strategic adoption of innovative measures and partnerships with leading companies and research institutions was a means to expand the economy and overcome the development challenges posed by the missed opportunities of past industrial revolutions.

With the Fourth Industrial Revolution just around the corner, VP Shettima urged NPC to seize the opportunity for redemption and compete on the global stage by investing in technologies.

Represented by the Special Adviser to the President on National Economic Council and Climate Change, Rukaiya El-Rufia, the Vice President tasked the Center to contextualize solutions across sectors in line with national aspirations to ensure that Nigeria is making progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. SDGs).

He said: “Our most important task is to ensure that Nigeria becomes the most enabling environment for our talented youths to make significant progress in shaping the future of science and technology.

The task ahead for organizations like the National Productivity Center is to contextualize solutions and opportunities across a spectrum of sectors ranging from biodiversity to space technology and innovation. It is critical to align these efforts with our national ambitions.”

“We must recognize the potential of new technologies in science and technology to serve as an advantage. This progress can help us leapfrog our solutions and save our economy from implosion,” the Vice President added.

Revisiting the history of the National Productivity Summit which began in 1987, the Minister of State for Labor and Employment, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, stressed the need for a concerted effort to address the country’s low productivity index which has been a hindrance to economic growth and economic growth. poverty reduction.

She said the assertion that the adoption of science, technology and innovation remains crucial to overcoming economic challenges and achieving a competitive advantage in the global marketplace.

In his response, NPC Director General Dr. Nasir Raji-Mustapha called for synergy among stakeholders to tackle widespread poverty through productivity and leveraging science and technology.