NOTAP is repositioned to foster the growth of Technology in Nigeria ...NOTAP DG
The Director General of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Engr. Umar Buba Bindir said his agency is currently repositioned to ensure an accelerated technological growth in Nigeria.
Engr. Bindir made this statement recently in his Office Headquarters when the House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology visited NOTAP to perform their oversight function.
The Director General retrated that the nature of his job has abundantly exposed him to the degree of backwardness of Nigerian technological advancement and vowed to use his position to make a positive change in the sector.
He decried the colossal lack of funds in his agency and solicited the support of the law makers in respect of the 2011appropriation to enable him implement some of NOTAP’s programes and activities that have suffered inadequate funding.
He used the opportunity to brief the legislatures on the proposed NOTAP Industry Research Funds (NIRF) which according to him, is to facilitate the creation of the critical mass of highly skilled management with PhDs in science And engineering.
The DG said a number of multinationals that come to NOTAP for registrations of technology transfer agreements have demonstrated an unflinching support and commitment towards the project. He added that what the Office requires is the support of the legislators and the entire Government of Nigeria to kick start the programme.
He said the idea behind HIRF is the realization of the fact that institutions of higher learning are no longer breeding products that are capable of effectively working in industries due to lack of the needed know-how.
He added that when the programme commences, the students will be attached to industries for proper grooming before their graduation.
The DG further disclosed that he has sufficiently repositioned the human and infrastructural facilities of NOTAP for the speedy realization of the mandates of the Office vis-à-vis the socio-economic advancement of the nation.
The Chairman of the House Committee on Science and Technology, Honourable Abiodun Akinlade who led the law makers to the Office said NOTAP’s mandate is very strategic and capable of lip-froging the nation’s technological drive.
The law maker regretted that the nation does not know the potentials in NOTAP but blamed the agency for operating in isolation for the past years, adding that the emergence of Engr. Bindir as the new DG would improve the visibility of the agency.
Honourable Akinlade, however, expressed satisfaction on the way and manner NOTAP implemented the 2010 budget and promised to assist NOTAP in ensuring an improved budgetary allocation in the 2011.
He also expressed displeasure over NOTAP’s inability to access the money allocated to it in 2009 and advised NOTAP to work closely with the Committee to ensure that there will be no repeat of such lapses in the future.
RAYMOND ONYENEZI OGBU
For the Head, Public Relations Unit