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Assuming his new position as Nigeria’s Science and Technology Minister, in Goodluck’s transition government, Prof. Mohammed Abubakar comments blow further wind in the sails of the country’s efforts to promote sustainable technology transfer capacity. The incoming Minister stated that “the most important thing we [Nigerians] have to start thinking about is how to translate what we have been learning in science, engineering and technology into practice.” (allAfrica.com 4/8/2010).

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Nigerians like to say that not knowing Nigeria is like not knowing Africa. With a population reaching almost 150 million, Nigeria is the most populated country in the continent. Like many other African nations, disease, poverty and corruption burden its ability to develop and prosper. Although proportionally HIV/AIDS affects only 3.1% of its adult population, the number of people living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria reaches 2.6 million, the second highest in the continent. Malaria affects 75% of its population, and claims 300,000 of its children each year. Its average yearly per capita income stands currently on $2,400, a fact, which puts most of its citizens below the poverty line. While one could go on and on with this grim picture of Nigeria, in the past decade signs of a different Nigeria emerges.

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“KITT”, which stands for Knowledge and Innovation Technology Transfer is a “machine” designed to do two things:

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Why do I find the Forum, which focuses on Capacity Building Partnerships for Sustainable Development important?

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