The government of Nigeria must seek an effective system of managing the country’s environment by promoting the use of evidence in Science, Technology and Innovation policy making, Dr Temitope Sogbanmu PhD, Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Management expert at the University of Lagos has recommended.
The crave for a new thinking in environmental management in Nigeria formed the crux of a recent Science Policy Fellowship at the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, held in Abuja. The fellowship was centred around using scientific officers and researchers working in the country’s to gather information and support the research and training needs that will ultimately foster a sustained interaction between academia and policymakers. This, Sogbanmu said is expected to enhance Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policy-relevant research by scientists in Tertiary and research institutions in Nigeria.
The fellowship was sponsored by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and titled ‘Evidence-Informed Policymaking for Sound Environmental Management in Nigeria: Investigating the Research-Science Advice-Policy nexus was facilitated by Sogbanmu PhD, and affiliate of AAS.
The Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Management expert stated during the training that scientists and researchers need to be strategic about their research agenda if they want to impact policy.
“Policymakers need to be purposeful about synthesising and utilising research evidence for policymaking,” Sogbanmu said, adding that an enabling environment with research and policymaking institutions is imperative for effective delivery of mandates.
She said, “Scientists, researchers and policymakers activities, project and programmes must be visible and noticeable at the local, state, national, regional and global levels.
Consequently, she has recommended the sustenance of the Science Advice for Policy Fellowship in the Ministry Department and Agencies (MDAs) relevant to their mandate as well as organisational and management support for Scientific Officers with facilities to achieve their mandates.