n African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development - Science and technology research : repositioning the thinking of policy makers in Nigeria : research notes / commentaries

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2042-1338
  • E-ISSN: 2042-1346
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This paper examines the concepts of Science and Technology (S&T) with specific focus on research, its usefulness and the need for such usefulness to be always evoked by public policy makers in the execution of national policies for good governance. The major thesis is that the dictates of the attitudinal disposition and behaviour of policy makers in Nigeria and Africa in general is responsible for the underdevelopment of S&T research and policy formulation. The paper adopted qualitative method of data gathering and analysis. The analyses validated the thesis as revealed by the ineptitude of the policy makers towards the embracement of S&T research and its capacity to enhance sustainable development as exemplified by various low budgetary allocations to S&T sector of the economy; recent statistics which show an Africa with extremely low capacity indicators in S&T; elitist nature of S&T policy formulation process; and inadequate finance appropriation and expenditure on Research and Development (R&D) in S&T. It was established that the nonchalance of the public policy makers in the Less Developing Countries (LDCs) like Nigeria towards the need for (quantitative) research and its findings in the execution of their programmes has implications for public policy research. The paper concludes that the neglect of the (quantitative) research and its findings will make the survival of African nations to be detrimentally left to chance and pessimistic contingencies in a world that is now purely sophisticated and scientific in all aspects, and recommends what should be done to sensitize and reposition the thinking of the public policy-makers in Africa about the need for quantitative research.

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