NOTAP DG Advocates Strategic Partnership With Relevant Institutions To Create One Million Jobs

The Director General of National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Dr. Umar Buba Bindir, has called for strategic partnership amongst the relevant public institutions in the nation to solve the huge employment gap in the nation.

Dr. Bindir called for this partnership while presenting a paper titled; Low Hanging Technologies for Businesses and SMEs: Mass Employment Generation Strategy in Nigeria; Towards the Implementation of the Transformation Agenda to Attain Vision 20:2020 to the management of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agenda (SMEDAN) in SMEDAN corporate office, Abuja.

He pointed out that since after independence, Nigeria has only a few global products, companies, know-how and patents which he said is unacceptable in a nation that has huge human capabilities.

Dr. Bindir opined that with the huge intellectual resources the nation possesses coupled with synergy in the relevant academic and wealth creating institutions, one million jobs can be created on a yearly basis.
He added that the vision of Nigeria's leaders to see that the nation emerges amongst the top 20 economies of the world by the year 20:2020 is possible because Nigeria has indigenous capacity to develop 7 global products and 7 multinational
companies within the next 7 years.

The Director General advocated for the evolution of a Science Technology and Innovation(STI) Councils at National and State levels and the establishment of a National Scientific Technological and Innovation Foundation (NSTIF) to ensure
that the inventions and innovations by Nigerians are developed from the rudimentary stage to commercialization.

The Director General of SMEDAN, Mohammed Umar Nadada commended Dr. Bindir for the great vision. He agreed that there is need for synergy amongst public institutions since no agency of government can do it alone. The Director General pointed out that every local government should be able to engage 80 percent of their population through small businesses which will help stem the tide of insecurity in our society. He promised to partner with NOTAP and other relevant agencies to promote national interest especially in the creation of job opportunities for Nigerians using locally developed technologies.