Volume of trade between Nigeria, India worth $16.4b in 2011 – Envoy

Mahesh Sachdev, the India High Commissioner to Nigeria, on Thursday in Abuja put the volume of trade between the two countries in 2011 at 16.4 billion dollars.
Mr. Sachdev disclosed this at the opening of the 2nd Science Communication Conference of the Nigeria Association of Science Journalists (NASJ) in Abuja.
He said India is Nigeria’s 2nd largest trading partner in 2011 and its largest investor in 2010, having invested five billion dollars that year.
Mr. Sachdev urged NASJ to improve on the quality of science reporting, which he said depends on facts.
Also speaking, Chidibere Onyia, the President of TOL Consult in the U.S., tasked NASJ to conduct research on and compile the success stories in science instead of engaging in criticism.
In his paper on “The Role of Journalism in the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Education’’, Mr. Onyia called for an integrated STEM education model for the Nigerian education system.

He explained that integrative STEM education is an important model to explore.

“As we look at the bigger picture of the implications of the expected outcomes on our national developmental goals and future security.
“Innovations in science and engineering have driven economic growth globally over the last five decades.
“Unfortunately, Nigeria’s education system has not developed a successful strategy that would lead to enough STEM specialists and teachers to sufficiently drive innovations to spur economic growth.’’
Also speaking, Onche Odeh, the President NASJ, said that as a professionally responsible body, the desire of NASJ is to use science journalism to bridge the gap between science, scientists and the public.
“Our intention is to promote the role of the science journalists as key players in civil society and democracy by improving on how science is reported.”

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