The National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM) says its ongoing workshop on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) indicators is to measure Nigeria’s technological status and benchmark targets.

Mr David Adeyeye, the Head, Planning, Programme Linkages Department, NATECEM, said this in an interview News Agency of Nigeria at the STI Indicators and Selected Economic Sectors Workshop in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said that the workshop was to measure Nigeria’s Research and Development (R&D) performance and put quantifiable, empirical evidence as a country and monitor progress so that the country could plan better.

He added that “we should be able to develop indicators that would help us as a country to know the current state of our research and development, science and technology and also be able to help us benchmark targets.

“Many targets that had been set both locally and internationally if you don’t collect statistics to be able to understand your status you can’t benchmark.

“Then we can evaluate and also project say in about 10, 20 years, where we hopee to be.

“If statistics on a time series basis are collected, it will help to forecast and project, compare how the country is progressing

compared with Ghana, South Africa, Europe, U.S. and the rest of the world.’’

Adeyeye said auditing economic sectors would help Nigeria to know what kind of technology was needed as a country.

He added that “auditing helps us to know the challenges and the gaps, as well as promote indigenous technologies and know the

barriers.”

One of the participants, Miss Gabriella Memberr, the Assistant Chief Technology Officer, National Office for Technology Acquisition

and Promotion (NOTAP), agreed that the workshop was necessary for evaluating and ascertaining where the country stood technologically.

She said “I think that the workshop is apt and it will help to address some gaps in our economy and in the process of our drive to achieve technological advancement.

“For us in NOTAP, this information is important and of course it will provide policy direction for the government to look at the critical areas in the economy.

“And for any country to develop, the industrial sector must be robust and vibrant and I think that available technology would help to address this problem.’’

She added that the audit would help to identify where these technology were, so that companies that needed them could source them.

She said that it would help to avoid duplication of research efforts because Research and Development was basically a huge investment project.

Memberr said it would help to identify gaps, know where the problem areas were and also identify where successes had been made.

The four-day workshop is meant to come up with questionnaires from stakeholders in the mining, agriculture, health, solid minerals, construction, agriculture,

real estate and manufacturing sectors to determine the country’s status technologically.