By Ezra Odogu, Abuja
The Lagos State government on Monday reiterated its commitment to supporting scientific endeavours in the state.
The state governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu who gave the pledge during this year’s edition of World Science Day for Peace and Development at Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja, said the occasion is significant as it promotes and enhances science engineering mathematics (STEM) in schools as well as drawing attention to the challenges faced by science.
Represented by the state Commissioner of Science and Technology, Hakeem Fahm, the governor said: “World Science Day for Peace and Development highlights the important role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. It also underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives.
“Open science is a burning issue in the scientific community which is gaining increasing attention by the non-scientific community. It is the growing global movement to make scientific research and data accessible to all. Open science has the potential to significantly increase collaboration and discovery and to facilitate adoption of the well-adapted technologies.”
Mr Sanwo-Olu said science is the bedrock of technology, adding that the state will continue to encourage the study of science subjects through the provision of science laboratories and also equip the kids with the skills and knowledge in their next stage of life.