OAU VC, Omowaye advocates for innovation to ban economy threat

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[Osun]–The Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede and Osun State Commissioner of Innovatives, Science and Technology, Mr. Remi Omowaye has encouraged technology innovation to ban economy threat in the country.

The Prof. Eyitope advised this in his opening address in Obafemi Awolowo University Conference hall on Monday during Open Symposium of AfricaLics Academy 2017.

The symposium with the theme; Rethinking National Innovation Systems for Africa’s Development, was attend by participants from 15 countries including Sweden, South Africa and Tanzania

Prof. Eyitayo said, “Innovation is very critical to develop economy of any nation which has been demonstrated by countries like China, United kingdom, Berlin, Japan and many other countries.

“All these countries emerge by an intensive innovation on technology.

“There is nothing too difficult in what they did and we can also attain that but it will not happen in a day. We must start somewhere and be consistent in so doing to think of technology way out on issue bothering us”.

Academic Director 5th AfricaLics Ph.D Academy, Prof Matthew Olugbemiga said ” The PhD academy is a forum where selected PhD candidates working in the area of Science, Technology and Innovation are brought together to learn, reflect and improve on their knowledge in the field.”

Mr. Remi Omowaye in an interview with journalists afterwards said, “Our over reliance on crude oil made us never saw a reason why we should promote our locally made product now that is obvious that there is no money and no crude; most country that use to buy crude from us are now innovating new technology to get energy, by this we know that we don’t have option.

“Necessity is the mother of invention, if we  now look at Osun State we now have ministry of innovation, science and technology because that is the way to go and that is how we can manage our country in a very cheap way.

“And I discovered that there are a lot of gaps between the government and Universities. Most of our Universities claim they are coming out with research products but government are saying they did not see what they are doing and that is why we are trying to create a synergy between the two institute and we want to catch the new generation which is the reason we are reviving JET in Osun State.

“We, as government will look at what the universities said they have done and we will tell them our needs to source for it within because we don’t have money to import things again.

“We have challenge with electricity and people have been advocating for solar unfortunately we don’t know how to connect the panel correctly which is the reason why we have abandon solar project everywhere. Most of the solar power that I know is not well programmed”.

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