Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, has proposed setting up a committee which will comprise scientists and technologists from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (ICT) and the African Union Scientific, Technical and Research Commission to draw an action plan that will assist the federal government to look into problems besetting the communications and power sectors. Shittu stated this while welcoming delegates of the African Union Scientific, Technical and Research Commission in his office, Abuja, adding that the teething problems such as power outages etc. can be fixed with the agglomeration of scientists and technologists from all over Africa.
He said that since the President Buhari led administration came on board, the ministry has supported every meaningful initiative from every quarter “once we are convinced that the end of our relationship will benefit our people and African continent”.
The Minister assured the visitors that the ministry is ready to partner with the body, saying,” as a sign of our seriousness, I will be proposing that we should set up a small committee which will comprise of scientists and technologists from our side with your own to come together and draw an action plan which will help us to achieve the goals we are looking at”.
Commending the body, the minister said, “I am happy that you are visiting us today not for business but for the development of science and technology which will bring about networking for the betterment of our people. There is no doubt like you have said that we have fantastic human resources all over the African continent”.
The body, according to Engr. Ahmed Hamdy, the executive director, was in the ministry to further discuss areas of common interest on the project that will forge a common front in the continent and to appreciate the ministry’s contribution to the recent Information Day Meeting on African Union Network of Sciences held on May 5, 2016.
The Executive Director disclosed that the Commission was established in 2013 to cater for the development of the Continent and to ensure that it was able to build a prospect system to allow the resources to change the economic target of Africa from a commodity driven economy to a technological based economy.
This, he added, is more in the area of ICT so as to have the Arab Union and AU Action Plan, which was endorsed by the Heads of State and Government in 2016.
“I believe that the broadband experience which we have here in Nigeria is a good example that the broadband can increase the GDP. The project that we are implementing in science and technology is to utilise science and technology to benefit our community”, he said.
On the entourage of the Executive Director were Dr. Mohammed, Senior Scientific Officer Coordination, Nebyat Ayele, Programme Associate Consultant and Marie Johnson, Executive Secretary to the Executive Director.
Receiving the visitors alongside the Minister, Barrister Adebayo Shittu were the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Sonny Echono and other directors in the ministry.