NOTAP is critical to the development of S&T sector in Nigeria: says the Permanent Secretary, FMST

NOTAP is critical to the development of S&T sector in Nigeria: says the Permanent Secretary, FMST

The Newly deployed Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita has said that the mandate of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) was very critical to the development of Science and Technology sector in the country.
She disclosed this during her familiarization visit to NOTAP corporate headquarters Abuja recently. The Permanent Secretary who was accompanied by the Directors in the Ministry said Nigerian’s drive to become a technology provider rather than a mere consumer nation can be achieved if NOTAP’S mandate is fully actualized.
Mrs. Oyo-Ita further stated that NOTAP was one of the critical agencies in the country that regularly interact with the industry and the academia and tries to bridge the gap between the two, noting that no country develops technologically when there is gap between the two sectors.
The Permanent Secretary decried lack of indigenous products coming from our knowledge economy, adding that the synergy which NOTAP is fostering between industry and the academia was critical to the development of our economy.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Director General of NOTAP,Engr. Umar Buba Bindirsaid it was time for agencies to compare notes rather than working in isolation if the nation must move forward. He added that his agency is collaborating with a number of both private and public organizations to ensure that vision 20; 2020 of the present administration is achieved.
He stated that NOTAP is collaborating with Nigerian Universities and multinational companies to implement some schemes like NOTAP Industry Technology Transfer Fellowship (NITTF) and the Technology Story Board initiative. According to him, the NITTF was a Public Private Partnership (PPP) programme designed to create indigenous critical technological competencies of elite applied knowledge through special PhD programmes tenable in Nigerian Universities.
The DG further informed the Permanent Secretary that NOTAP is also collaborating with some production companies to demystify production processes through a programme called “NOTAP Technology Story Board”. He added that the programme was designed to produce pictorial processes of production from the raw material processing to the final product.
The Permanent Secretary who is also the Chairperson of NOTAP board further stated that NOTAP’ s function was very critical to the development of all the critical sector of our economy as its interactions with industry and academia is yielding positive results.