President Julius Maada Bio has on Monday unveiled Sierra Leone’s first Directorate of Science and Technology (DST) at State House, to support the government’s delivery on development and boost innovation and entrepreneurship.
Chief Minister David Francis, who chaired the ceremony and had presided over its creation, said the directorate would use science, technology and innovation to promote growth in the areas of e-health, e-government, e-education and e-security.
He assured the gathering that the team of young and brilliant minds would work across government departments and agencies to change the future of Sierra Leone though science, technology and innovation, adding that it would also improve technology, create wealth, boost education and sustainable development and transform the small and poor West African nation.
Meanwhile, Chief Innovation Officer at the Directorate, Moinina David Sengeh, said that science, technology and innovation were very vital to solving the 21st century problems, adding that scientific research would produce discoveries to improve lives and societies.
The scientist also added that there were prospects for technological breakthroughs that would revolutionize commerce and knowledge-sharing. He disclosed that innovation would inspire people to seek new solutions to persistent problems.
He stated that his office would work with Commissioner General of the National Revenue Authority, in particular, to introduce an Electronics Cash Register system that would help improve revenue mobilization in the country.
He said he was working closely with the Executive Director of the Sierra Leone Roads Safety Authority, where they had already used available data to discover that it was indeed true that 281,000 government vehicles were registered during the past ten years, and that 4,694 of the 281,000 government’s vehicles were unaccounted for by the former government.