Innovative Use Of STI To Curb Rural-Urban Migration In Osun

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Isaac Oluyi
Isaac Oluyi

The trend of rural-urban migration is a common phenomenon in Nigeria, particularly among the younger population who believe that their prospects for success and development are only attainable in the cities. Unfortunately, this often results in overcrowded cities, while rural communities remain underdeveloped.

The government of Osun State, led by Sen. Ademola Adeleke, is taking a different approach by focusing on science, technology and innovation to drive development and stem the tide of migration.

Osun State, the ninth smallest state in Nigeria, is an agricultural hub with an estimated population of 4.7 million as of 2016. Out of this number, 1,115,394 are youths aged between 18 and 35, representing 32 per cent of the state’s population. With the rate of population growth, this figure is likely to have increased significantly.

Considering the high rate of unemployment in Nigeria, it is crucial for governments to adopt innovative approaches to create job opportunities and improve the employability of the youth population. It is essential for the government to find ways to address the challenges of this growing youth population by creating more jobs and providing opportunities for entrepreneurship. There is an urgent need for governments at all levels to think outside the box and devise effective strategies to harness the potential of the youth population for economic growth and development.

Unlike previous administrations, the current government has developed a science, technology and innovation policy within 100 days of being in office. This policy is a blueprint for the state’s development and will guide activities in the agricultural and other sectors. The emphasis on an ICT-driven economy will particularly benefit the agricultural sector, which is the mainstay of the state’s economy.

With the implementation of the STI policy, the government hopes to create job opportunities and make agriculture more attractive to youths, reducing the incentive for rural-urban migration. The state has already begun attracting critical stakeholders in the STI space, and there is renewed hope that Osun State can become industrialised through science, technology and innovation.

Other states can learn from the example set by Osun and adopt a similar approach to development. With a well-written policy guiding the use of science, technology and innovation, states can achieve sustainable development and generate more revenue.

In conclusion, the Osun State government’s innovative use of science, technology and innovation is a step in the right direction towards curbing rural-urban migration and driving sustainable development.

Isaac Oluyi
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