IPTTO's to Bridge the gap between Academia and the Industry; says Dr. Ibrahim

The Director General of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Dr. Dan-Azumi Ibrahim said the establishment of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Offices (IPTTOs) in some selected tertiary and Research Institutions across the country, was to bridge the gap existing between the academia and the Industry.
Dr. Ibrahim made this disclosure recently in Abubakar Tafewa Belewa University (ATBU), Bauchi during the Commissioning of IPTTO in the institution, adding that IPTTOs will spur the inventive and innovative prowess of researchers in the institution.
The DG said there was a poor innovative and intellectual property protection culture in the country but the IPTTO will facilitate the galvanization of research results for onward commercialization.
He said that Nigeria has the largest knowledge infrastructure in the entire West African sub-region with about 140 Universities, over 125 Polytechnics, 98 Colleges of education and more than 300 Research and Allied Institutions yet the multinational companies in Nigeria still depend largely on their parent companies for research and other technical support.
He reiterated that a lot of innovative activities going on in the knowledge industry end up in the shelves at the prototype levels due to insufficient awareness of the capabilities existing in the knowledge industry, adding that over dependency on importation of raw materials by industries among other things culminate to underdevelopment of the country.
The DG challenged the University authorities to utilize the opportunities offered by IPTTOs to engage in researches that would meet the needs of the industry rather than carry out researches for academic purposes.
He regretted that while some of the products consumed in Nigeria and other developing countries emanating from projects of students in developed countries, Universities in Nigeria and some African Countries carry out researches that only end up at prototype levels.
The Vice Chancellor of ATBU Prof. Saminu Abdulrahaman Ibrahim in his welcome address thanked the Director General of NOTAP and his management team for considering his institution for the establishment of IPTTO. He said that NOTAP was one of the most important and strategic agencies of government in Nigeria but its contributions are not easily noticeable and appreciated because of the intangibility of its operations.
He said the importance of the establishment of IPTTOs in Nigerian tertiary institutions could not be overemphasized, adding that while the Universities are complaining of not getting enough financial support from the industry, the industry is also complaining that the knowledge sector in the country is not supportive of the industry. He said NOTAP's intervention shall create a marriage between the two sectors for the overall benefit of the country.

Raymond Onyenezi Ogbu