By Adejumo Kabir
The Vice Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, has said that African countries can only experience economic development with technological innovation.
Ogunbodede said this on Monday at the opening of a symposium organised by the Africa Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation and Competence Building Systems in collaboration with the African Institute for Science Policy and Innovation.
Ogunbodede buttressed that economic development would continue to elude African countries unless they decide to invest in innovation on how to harness the natural resources abundantly available in virtually all the countries.
“We need to harness our natural resources with technology to ensure that our economic development is sustainable.”
The Dean, Faculty of Technology, OAU, Prof. Benjamin Imasogie, also said that African nations can achieve the status of economic development by harnessing human and natural resources available and by ability to plan.
The Chair, AfricaLics Board, Dr. Biting Diyamett, called on African countries to support their own researchers in order to attain development.
She said no foreign country could love African nations more than their own nationals, saying the continent must build enough capabilities to address its own challenges for it to be sustainable.
Diyamett, who is also the Director of Science, Technology and Policy Research Organisation in Tanzania, said sustainable development meant that each nation on the continent should build enough technological and innovation capabilities to satisfy its social and economic needs.
The event also witnessed the attendance of Osun State Commissioner for Innovations, Science and Technology, Mr. Oluremi Omowaye, who said the state is working to bridge the gap between researchers and the state government to harness their outputs for sustainable development.