By Obas Esiedesa
The National Office for Technology Acquision and Promotion (NOTAP) has partnered with seven private companies to sponsor researchers in search of new technologies.
The collaboration which was carried out under the NOTAP-Industry Technology Transfer Fellowship (NITTF) will see ten doctorate degree students across universities in the country receive about one million naira annually in the next four years to cover the cost of their researches.
The participating companies includes Friesland Campina WAMPCO Nigeria Plc, PZ Cussons, Procter & Gamble, Dufil Prima Foods, Promassidor, CAP Plc and Nigerian Breweries Plc.
Speaking at an event to commence the disbursement of the grants to the beneficiaries in Abuja, the Director General of NOTAP, Dr. DanAzumi Ibrahim said the scheme was introduced to help the country develop new technologies in collaboration with industries.
Ibrahim explained that often times researches in the country have only focused on academic exercise rather than being driven by industry or market demand.
He pointed out that the scheme brings together researchers and the industries to ensure that researches were focused on areas required by industries.
According to him, a�?It is a partnership between NOTAP and the private sector. What we realized is that like every other sector, the education sector is not well funded. And we have quite a lot of intelligent and talented Nigerians that can undertake research and development that can translate into products and services but they dona��t have opportunity for sponsorship.
a�?So, we approached the private sector under their corporate social responsibility to see how we can provide opportunity to these young and talented Nigerians to undertake research and development based on the operations of those industries. So that by the time the research and development effort is concluded it is almost ready for commercializationa�?.
Dr. Ibrahim explained that the scheme was a bid to bring the a�?academia and the industry together so that the academics can be doing their research while the industries will use the research results in products and servicesa�?.
He said in the long run the scheme would reduce the level of dependence on foreign technologies and save the nation foreign exchange.
Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Mrs. Amina Shamaki who commended NOTAP for initiating the scheme, noted that the scheme will serve as a platform through which industries will voluntarily support the process of building the needed mass of highly skilled workforce and specialized personnel for the country.
Shamaki was represented at the event by Ag Director Technology Acquision and Adaptation Department of the Ministry, Michael Anpe.
Speaking to journalists shortly after receiving his grant, one of the recipients, Aliyu Ahmed of the Chemical Engineering Department, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, commended NOTAP and PZ for sponsoring his research in developing a bio-degradable cream using enzymes.
Emir of Bauchi endorses Science & Technology Roadmap
The Emir of Baluchi, Alhaji Rilwan Suleiman Adamu has assured the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu of the full support of his Emirate in his bid to make science and technology the cornerstone of the economy.
Speaking when the Minister visited him in his palace in Bauchi last weekend, the Emir said the Emirate was fully committed to enlightening his people to appreciate Science and Technology in the scheme of things.
A statement by the Ministrya��s Deputy Director Press, Abdulganiyu Aminu said the Emir commended Onu for coming up with a roadmap which he said will help in changing positively the Science and Technology sector.
While pointing to nave-like arches in his palace, the Emir said the palace was built more than 200 years ago is still looking magnificent, appealing to our scientists to be innovative and come up with enduring research findings and innovations that would stand the test of times.
Speaking earlier, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu told the Emir that he was in Bauchi to sensitize the staff in the North-East zone on the Science, Technology and Innovation Roadmap 2030.
He stressed the need to up the ante in the science and technology sector so as to create more wealth and eliminate poverty.