NOTAP Partners RMRDC on Technology Development in Nigeria
The Acting Director General of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Dr. Dan-Azumi Ibrahim has called for closer partnership with the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) to promote rapid technological development in Nigeria.
He made the call when he led a delegation of NOTAP Management on a working visit to the headquarters of the Council in Abuja.
Dr. Dan-Azumi Ibrahim stated that NOTAP plays a pivotal role in the development of Science, Technology and Innovation through its programmes and projects that are geared towards demystifying Science and Technology in the country.
He said NOTAP through the registration of Technology Transfer Agreements and subsequent monitoring of the implementation of such agreements noticed a huge gap between the Industry and Academia. He said this gap was instrumental to the over consumption of foreign technologies in the country instead of developing indigenous technologies.
Dr. Ibrahim stressed the importance of the mandates of the two agencies to national development and called for stronger collaboration to transform inventions and innovations into finished products. This, he emphasized, will launch Nigeria into the comity of industrialized nations of the world instead of being a spectator.
Earlier, while receiving the NOTAP team, the Director General of RMRDC Dr. Hussaini Doko Ibrahim expressed happiness that a former Staff of the Council is now visiting as a Chief Executive of a sister agency.
He said the visit was very timely especially considering the importance of the two agencies in the development of the Science and Technology sector which is the main engine that steers development of every nation.
The RMRDC boss said both agencies have had a long standing relationship which was consummated by their predecessors and opined that the collaboration will be further strengthened to ensure that some of the inventions and innovations emanating from research centers in Nigeria are commercialized for wealth and jobs creation.
The two agencies which are under the purview of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology have agreed to set up a ten man committee that will swing into action in articulating the partnership.