Science Technology and Innovation are panacea for National Development
The Honourable Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Abdu Bulama said Science, Technology and Innovation are necessary ingredients for national development.
He made this statement when he received the Director General of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Engr. Umar Bindir and his Management staff who were ona ministerial briefing to the ministry.
Dr. Abdu said Science and Technology had been lip-serviced in the past and should be adequately funded to strengthen the research capabilities of the country. He added that no nation can be technologically self-sufficient if researchers do not carry out industrial need-based research that will metamorphose into goods and services.
The Minister further stated that the mandate of NOTAP was very key to the development of the country and promised to work closely with NOTAP to ensure that the mandate is actualized.
The Minister said youth unemployment has been steering the country on the face but could be curbed if Science, Technology and Innovation are harnessed to develop a critical mass of skilled manpower that will be the catalyst for job creation.
According to him, as the world has become a global village, there has been an increasing need to strengthen and reinvigorate science, technology and innovation as vital instruments for job creation especially in the developing countries.
He stressed that with the enthusiasm and professionalism exhibited by the Director General of NOTAP, Nigerians shall soon witness the kind of technology revolution that took place in China, Korea and some other developed countries.
The Director General of NOTAP, Engr. Umar Buba Bidir said his Office 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 Hon Minister 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 DG Further stressed that his major focus was to continue to leverage on the partnerships and lip-frog Nigerian from being a technology consumer nation to a globally recognized technology giants before 2020.
He therefore solicited the assistant of the Hon. Minister to improve the budgetary allocation of the agency to ensure that the mandate of the Office is actualized.