IMPERATIVES FOR HARNESSING TECHNOLOGY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF NIGERIA by Ibrahim Khaleel - Ph.D


Ibrahim Khaleel, Ph.D.

 

Abstract

 

Introduction

The relevancy of a nation today is largely determined by its ability and capacity to sustain itself and positively contribute to the world at large. For Nigeria to be relevant in the world, its attention must be focused on how it can harness technology for its development. Ewa (2011), the former Minister of Science and Technology agreed with this statement when he said “it is . . . obvious that if Nigeria, given its natural endowments, is to successfully transform its economy and take her rightful place in the comity of nations, S&T [science and technology] and its integration in the national socio-economic development processes must be accorded the highest priority” (Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy, p. iv). Nigeria’s continuous population growth and its inability to adequately provide the means to sustain this population, necessitates the need for a comprehensive search and insight into all human endeavor, one of which is technology. This article, therefore, delineates four imperatives (people, needs and wants, resources, and enabling environment) which when harnessed, will assist in using technology for development.