House Committee On Science & Technology Commends NOTAP On Budget Performance
The House Committee on Science and Technology has commended the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) for its budgetary discipline and performance.
The Committee gave the commendation when they visited NOTAP headquarters in Abuja as part of their oversight function.
Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Abiodun Akinlade said the House members were highly impressed with the detailed presentation on the budget performance of the Office as captured in a document presented to each member of the Committee during the visit. ‘’This is the only organisation that has given us detailed information as to the budget releases and expenditure since we started this oversight visits’’, he emphasised.
The Committee members unanimously expressed satisfaction with the projects and monetary performance of NOTAP and promised to support the agency in realising its mission and mandate which they described as crucial to the development of the nation.
Earlier in his presentation, Director General of NOTAP, Engr. Umar Buba Bindir briefed the Committee members on the 2012 budget performance pointing out that some of the projects of the Office were not fully implemented due to inadequate funding from the budget lines. He said NOTAP has so far established over 41 Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Offices (IPTTOs) in Nigerian Universities, Polytechnics and Research Institutes to ensure that technologies that would solve societal problems and create employment were emanating from the knowledge centres.He pointed out that the plan of the agency was to establish IPTTOs in every University, Polytechnic and Research Institute in Nigeria and added that this had been slowed down by limited funding.
Engr. Bindir asserted that NOTAP saved the nation over 100 billion naira this year through its intervention in the registration of technology transfer agreements. ’’This amount would have left the country as capital flight if not for the regulatory intervention of NOTAP’’, he stressed. He also said the agency was partnering with some public Information Technology Institutions to encourage Nigerians develop local software because the nation was spending huge sums in the importation of foreign software, especially, in banking applications.
The Director General said Science, Technology and Innovation(STI) was key to the positive transformation of the nation and that Nigeria can turn even the bad incidences of flooding into opportunities. He further said the agency was planning to organise an international conference that will help the nation convert the negative aspects of its water resources into opportunities using STI next year.
The House Committee on Science and Technology is also considering partnering with NOTAP to organise a workshop that will bring greater awareness on the crucial role of technology transfer to national development.
Other members of the Committee that accompanied the Chairman were; Hon. Khalid Ibrahim, Hon. Ubale Sifiyanu, Hon.John Dyegh and Hon. Halilu Umar.