The Director General of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Engr. Umar Buba Bindir said that technology is critical to the attainment of the vision 20: 2020 goals.

The Director General was speaking while receiving officials of the Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE) who were on a courtesy visit to NOTAP headquarters.

He pointed out that most Nigerian organizations go to overseas to acquire all manner of technologies leading to capital flight and less job opportunities for Nigerians.

He decried a situation where Nigeria with her 117 universities and 125 polytechnics, cannot adequately meet the technological needs of industries and attributed this to the fact that most Nigerian scientists do not focus their research work to the needs of industry.

Engr. Bindir advocated frequent technology exhibitions in the country to drive home the importance of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) to national development.

He added that the visit of NATE delegation is beneficial to NOTAP because of the complimentary role the association plays in technology development and promised to partner with the Association.

In his remarks, leader of the four-man delegation and representative of NATE President, Engr. Dr. M.I Oseni said their visit was informed by the significant role NOTAP plays in technology promotion and described NOTAP as ‘’the beginning of innovation works’’.

He further said the 30,000 member Association is interested in moving technology forward in Nigeria and expressed satisfaction that with the support of NOTAP, NATE would easily fulfill its mission and mandate.

He therefore sought the cooperation of NOTAP in providing the Association with updates on technology and patent information. He further requested NOTAP for assistance in the training of NATE members as well as linking the Association with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).