Members of the National Association of Science and Technology Students have visited the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) to explore ways of harnessing the abundant local technological potentials for the economic development of the nation.
Receiving the executive members of the Association, the Management team of NOTAP led by the Director General, Engr. Umar Buba Bindir, pointed out that Nigeria has abundant natural resources which can be converted into products and services adding that due to the dearth of appropriate technologies to explore them, Nigeria had remained economically dependent.
He stressed that natural resources like rubber, moringa plant, various livestocks and Nigerian delicacies like Kpomo and other local traditional dishes can be fully explored using appropriate technologies to create wealth and jobs for the teeming populace.
Engr. Bindir commended the Association for identifying with NOTAP pointing out that their ideals of promoting Science and Technology to avoid brain drain is in line with the mandate of the Office.
He called on Nigerian youths to look inwards by igniting their latent intellectual potentials for the development of the nation and urged them to portray the nation in positive light at all times.
He promised that the Office will partner with the Association through workshops, trainings and participation in some of the technology development projects being embarked upon by the Office to build the capacity of young Nigerians in the exploration of the huge natural resources the nation is endowed with.
National President of the Association, Comrade Ahmed Suleiman, decried the huge dependence of the nation on foreign goods and services despite the abundant natural resources the nation possesses.
He stated that Nigerians are gifted but regretted that many lack the ability to transform their gifts towards solving national problems.
Comrade Suleiman revealed that the Association, in about 10 years of its existence, has been able to mobilize students to study in international institutions in collaboration with some Non Governmental Organisations, introduced Science and Technology Journalism in higher institutions in partnership with African Science and Technology Magazine and created awareness on Science and Technology amongst students.
Comrade Suleiman solicited for encouragement to student bodies like the Association in order to promote the objectives of the body especially that of creating a competitive environment to develop their potentials.
The Association’s leadership commended the Director General of NOTAP for reawakening their spirit to a new dimension in promoting the course of Science and Technology in Nigeria through his inspiring comments.
NASTECH has over 10,000 active members in higher institutions of learning throughout the country.

Solomon Nshem