Sophia: An African Journal of Philosophy

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Institutional framework for grassroot development of science and technology in Nigeria: A case study of Ebonyi state.

U Ugwu


In 1980, the “Lagos Plan of Action” (LPA) took note of the appalling state of most
African economies and attributed this to a lack of industrial development. The LPA,
further identified science and technology (S&T) as critical elements in economic
and industrial development. It has been many years since African countries
adopted the LPA as a broad framework for economic and industrial development.
Africa's Development Decade is soon coming to an erol, but Africa remains the
least developed continent in the world despite its abundant resources. Nigeria
though regarded as the “giant of Africa” cannot boast of any technological
breakthrough. Even though most states in Nigeria have breeds of technology,
there are no incentives to advance and promote such talents. Ebonyi State which is
the focus of this discourse can boast of some outstanding dispositions in the
acquisition and advancement of science and technology in the state to boost the
economy of both the state and the nation. Past and present perception of economic
and industrial development in most African countries, particularly Nigeria, have
tended to marginalize or totally ignore the critical role of technology policy. This
paper is going to examine how this nation has been ignored and offer tentative
solutions towards improving and advancing technological development in Nigeria
using Ebonyi State as a case study.

Sophia: An African Journal of Philosophy Vol. 8(1) 2005: 28-31



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