Nigerian Science, Technology and Innovation should be strengthened for attainment of vision 20:2020...says Engr. Bindir

The Director General of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Engr. Umar Buba Bindir says for the nation to attain the much desired vision 20:2020, Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) should be strengthened.

He made this statement in a paper presentation as a guest speaker during the recently held investiture of Engr. Solomon Nyagba as the 8th President of Abuja Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ABUCCIMA) held at the Congress Hall, Transcorp Hilton, Hotel, Abuja.

Presenting a paper on The Theme of the investiture; Transforming the Nigerian Economy from Trade and Import driven to a production and Technology Driven Economy, Engr. Bindir noted that Nigeria parades the best knowledge infrastructure in the West-African sub-region with about 117 Universities, almost 100 colleges of Education and nearly 300 research and allied institutions, yet Nigeria has not been able to give the world a globally accepted product from her indigenous technology.

This failure according to him is as a result of the inability of Nigerian academia to focus school curricular towards solving industrial problems as is done in the developed countries rather than being tailored towards mere literacy purposes. He added that Nigeria has every opportunity to be among the top ten economies of the world but noted that emphasis must be placed on the development of science, technology and innovation through deliberate and concerted efforts in funding industry based researches.

A graphic slide from his presentation showed clearly that apart from South Africa, Nigerian researchers are dominant especially in the West African sub-region in areas of publications but said, as much as it is good to publish, Nigerian researchers should imbibe the culture of patenting their inventions and moving towards commercialization instead of leaving them on the shelves. He added that royalties that would have accrued to Nigerian researchers, eludes them each time they publish their findings before patenting.

He expressed satisfaction over the way and manner the outgoing President was able to uplift the image of the organization through his well thought out programmes and activities during his tenure and challenged the new President to continue with works of the organization.

Speaking during the investiture, the new President of ABUCCIMA, Engr. Solomon Nyagba said his mission is to transform the organization to a progressive and prosperous one, through the establishment of credible Management, improved infrastructure, expansion of the investment portfolio, upgrade Information Technology Services and other communication/media facilities, so as to ultimately attain the level of the best-organized City Chamber in Nigeria and the world at large.

“It is my desire to revive Trade Groups and make them function, knowing that Trade Groups are the main engine, indeed the heart-bit of Chamber activities in the Federal Capital Territory”.

He said his leadership shall undertake a comprehensive review of the Code of Ethics as outlined in their constitution. Adding that a monitoring Committee would be set up to check and ensure that business operators, especially members of the organization, carry out their operations strictly within the established code of Ethics.

Raymond Onyenezi Ogbu