Minister of Science & Technology Charges Scientists on IPR Culture

The Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Ita Okon Bassey Ewa has charged researchers and scientists to fully embrace the culture of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).

Prof. Ewa was speaking during the opening ceremony of a one day workshop on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) for Federal Ministry of Science and Technology (FMST) and its Parastatals, organized by the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) at the Reiz Continental hotel, Abuja.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. (Mrs) Dere Awosika, the Minister emphasized that Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) is an important issue especially patents for scientists and researchers and is gaining more and more recognition internationally.

He said the Ministry of science and technology through National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) is making substantive progress in promoting IPR which has become part of the indices to measure the developmental level of nations.
Prof. Ewa commended NOTAP for putting up the workshop at a time the present administration is according science and technology its rightful position in the Transformation Agenda towards attaining vision 20:2020.

He advised the resource persons and the participants to do justice to the workshop and come up with implementable communiqué for the development of the nation.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Director General of NOTAP Engr. Umar Buba Bindir said that no nation of the world can be globally competitive without a well articulated and workable science, technology and innovation policy.
He decried the fact that past Nigerian leaders paid lip-service to the development of science and technology but added that with the passion and commitment of the present administration, science and technology is being given its rightful place.

The Director General said his agency is working assiduously to ensure that Nigerians imbibe the culture of science, technology and innovation through among other means, the establishment of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Offices (IPTTOs) in Universities and Research institutes, the services offered by the Patent Information and Documentation Centre (PIDC) of the office and training workshops.
Highlight of the opening ceremony was a special presentation of Science Laboratory equipment by Eleme Petrochemical/Indorama to the Nigerian Institute of Science Laboratory Technology(NISLT).

Director General of NOTAP, Dr. Umar Bindir noted that during its monitoring visit to Eleme Petrochemical Plant, the office noticed that expensive and useful laboratory equipment were lying waste at the plant. The office therefore solicited for the deployment of such useful equipment to the Nigerian Institute of Science Laboratory Technology (NISLT) to enhance research work which was accepted by Indorama, owners of the plant.

Representative of the company, Engr. Veeramani presented the equipment to the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Science and Technology Dr. (Mrs.) Dere Awosika who presented them to the Director General of the Nigerian Institute of Science Laboratory Technology (NISLT), Dr. Ighodalo Ijagbone.
The workshop attracted over 120 participants from the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology and its Parastatals.