Abuja -The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) on Tuesday said it was ready to create public-private synergy required to make science and technology the driver for achieving competiveness.
The Chairman of the group, Mr Kyari Bukar, made this known when he visited the Minister of Science and Technology, Mr Ogbonnaya Onu in his office.
Bukar said that creating public-private synergies for science and technology would fast-track growth and sustainability in the country.
He said that the group would like to partner with the ministry to reposition science and technology as a main driver of the country’s economy.
According to him, the NESG Science and Technology Policy Commission is the dedicated platform for public-private sector dialogue, a sustainable national strategy and value chain for mainstreaming science and technology.
Bukar said that the group was also intensifying efforts to mainstream communication technology to promote socio-economic development of the nation.
“The group has made significant progress working with the National Planning Commission (NPC) and other MDGs to facilitate an excellent working relationship between the Federal Government and other stakeholders.
“NESG has emerged in the last few years as the foremost forum for public-private sector interaction through its Policy Commission apart from the annual flagship event (Nigerian Economic Summit) that takes place in Abuja,’’ he said.
According to him, the NESG’s scope of engagement covers Agriculture and Food Security, Energy, Sustainability, Governance and Institutions, Human Capital Development, Infrastructure, Real Sector, Science and Technology.
He said others are Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Finance and Financial Markets; Trade, Investment and Competitiveness.
In his response, the minister described NESG as a non-partisan, private sector led economic think-thank that had worked conscientiously to contribute to national economy in the last 21 years.
Onu said that the ministry would collaborate with the group to actualise the objectives of science and technology in Nigeria. (NAN)