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Onu praises successful PZ Cussion, NOTAP partnership

Onu praises successful PZ Cussion, NOTAP partnership

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.

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