ABU to get welding institute with NOTAP support
Plans are underway for the establishment of a world class welding institute at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, with the support of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP). The welding institute is estimated to cost two hundred and fifty million naira (N250m).
This was disclosed by the Director General of NOTAP, Engr. Umar Bindir while presenting a paper on “Technology Transfer Enhancement Initiatives (NOTAP-Industry Partnerships” at the National workshop with the theme: “Strengthening Technology Transfer Capacities in the construction Sector in Nigeria” held recently in Lagos. Engr. Bindir said the welding centre conceptualized to be of international repute was locally designed with locally sourced equipment. He added that NOTAP took up the challenge to help in the project implementation of the centre because of the urgent need for Nigeria to evolve a home-grown technology that would command global attention.
He further said it was regrettable that after fifty years of independence, Nigeria had been unable to showcase a global product or company emanating from its indigenous technology and challenged scientists, engineers, researchers, policy workers and entrepreneurs to works towards a change of history so that by the time Nigeria would be celebrating her centenary independent anniversary, the world will recon with the country technologically.
As part of its Technology Transfer Initiatives, the DG stated that NOTAP established 30 Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Offices (IPTTOs) in research institutes and institutions of higher learning across the country with a view to encourage market oriented and demand driven research, promote intellectual property protection and strengthen research-industry linkage.
In the area of basic education initiative, he said NOTAP introduced the Technology Story Board programme which is a Science Technology and Innovation (STI) awareness building as well as educational tool for pupils and students at the primary and secondary school levels.
The DG added that this technology teaching tool which is being implemented in collaboration with industry gives a step-by-step pictorial representation of the production process of a given product from the raw material stage to the final product.
Also in the area of capacity building, Engr. Bindir disclosed that the technology transfer intervention mechanism of NOTAP had led to the establishment of a Cement Technology Institute by the Dangote Group for the creation of a highly skilled mass of indigenous intellectuals needed in the area of Research and Development for the cement industry.
According to him, the NOTAP-industry partnership for technology transfer enhancement initiative had also resulted into the establishment of carpentry projects, wood kiln skill acquisition centers and timber shed clusters in Abuja by Julius Beger Nigeria Plc.
The NOTAP DG further said that in view of the need to evolve and coordinate a process of producing the needed critical mass of highly skilled knowledge workers in the academia that would evolve innovations needed in industry, NOTAP has established a research fund known as NOTAP Industry Fund where industry would contribute resources to support Nigerians in PhD studies, strategic managerial skills development and help in the provision of key technology acquisition R&D facilities in tertiary institutions.