SYNERGY AMONGST ARMED FORCES R&D CELLS KEY TO SUCCESSFUL OUTPUTs –Dr. Ibrahim
The Director General National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) Dr. DanAzumi Mohammed Ibrahim has called for synergy and closer collaboration amongst the Research and Development (R&D) cells of the Nigerian armed forces.
He made the call when members of the Nigerian Army Research and Development Committee TRADOC paid a working visit to the headquarters of NOTAP recently.
Dr. Ibrahim emphasized that for meaningful outputs in the area of Research and Development within the armed forces, collaboration amongst the Army, Navy and Airforce R&D cells is vital for exchanging ideas and harnessing the abundant talents within the rank and file. This according to him is the best way to achieving success in R&D efforts towards sustainable national development.
He revealed that NOTAP was established in 1979 by the Federal Government of Nigeria to amongst others register all foreign technology transfer agreements having effect in Nigeria, monitor all the agreements on a continuous basis, commercialize R&D results and inventions, promote locally generated technologies, promote intellectual property and encourage the development of creative and inventive skills among Nigerian Scientists, Researchers, Inventors and Innovators.
The NOTAP DG further disclosed that in its intervention in technology transfer into the country, the Office has within the last four years saved the nation N188.2 billion that would have left the country as capital flight.
He said NOTAP has also established 38 Intellectual Property Technology Transfer Offices in Tertiary Institutions and Research Institutes to promote patent culture amongst researchers which he revealed is yielding positive results with the emergence of patents from such institutions.
He told the visiting team that NOTAP with the support of Industry has instituted the NOTAP-Industry Technology Transfer Fellowship (NITTF) to raise critical manpower needed to bridge the wide gap between Research and Industry which has hitherto hindered our economic development as a nation.
The DG also highlighted NOTAPs other partnerships with Industry to include the NOTAP-PZ Partnership on equipping Nigerian Laboratories in two research institutes and a Nigerian University in which PZ committed N100 million and the Technology Story Board Project, aimed at inculcating process technology skills amongst children and young Nigerians.
He said NOTAP has for long been a partner with the Nigerian Army and will by this visit strengthen the relationship for the overall development of our nation.
Head of the delegation and Commander TRADOC, Major General Mobolaji Adeleke Koleoso said the visit is to interact with the leadership of NOTAP as part of his organizations annual conference which was converted to visits to research and technology promotion institutions.
He said the visit to NOTAP is to seek collaboration in the areas of training, technology transfer and mobilizing resources for enhanced research and development activities in the Nigerian Army.
Major General Koleoso corroborated the suggestions by the DG NOTAP on the need for synergy amongst the R&D cells of the armed forces saying that such synergy will save cost, energy and avoid duplication of R&D efforts.
He commended NOTAP for the extensive work it has accomplished in the areas of technology transfer, patent promotion, development of locally motivated technologies and the Industry partnerships especially the Technology Story Board Project which he emphasized has the great potential of raising future giant Researchers, Inventors and Innovators amongst Nigerian children and the youth.
It is expected that NOTAP and TRADOC will draw out a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formally actualize the collaboration.
TRADOC is the highest number delegation that has visited NOTAP in recent times.