The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has praised the partnership between the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) and PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc, describing it as a huge success.
The partnership has seen the conglomerate provide N115 million for the upgrade of chemical laboratories in three research institutions.
Onu said the deal has shown that Public Private Partnership (PPP) was a veritable instrument in fast-tracking science, technology and innovation in the country.
A statement by NOTAB in Abuja, said Dr. Onu made the statement at the commissioning ceremony of the upgraded state-of-the-art chemical laboratory equipment donated to the National Research Institute for Chemical Technology (NARICT), Zaria by PZ Cussons.
The Minister stated that the era of over dependent on foreign goods and services was over as no country develops when it constantly depends on products coming from other countries without a strategic and laid down plans for domestication of the foreign technologies.
He noted that globally, emphases have shifted from recourse based economy to knowledge based economy and no country will be reckoned with if it is not technologically relevant and competitive.
In his remarks, the Director General of NOTAP, Dr. DanAzumi Mohammed Ibrahim said the partnership started when NOTAP noticed that most of the research and laboratory analyses of the multinationals in Nigeria were carried out outside the country due to lack of state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and other research facilities in the country and approached PZ Cussons to assist in upgrading the laboratory of some knowledge Institutions to ensure that high level laboratory analyses could be carried out within the country.