By Jonathan Nda-Isaiah, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday directed the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) to bridge gaps in analysis and know-how.
The lapses in know-how, he mentioned, is the motive why Nigeria wait on different nations for options to challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a gathering with the board of NASENI in Aso Villa, the president who can also be the board’s chairman urged the company to play a extra pivotal function in equipping the nation throughout emergencies whereas encouraging analysis, upgrading native expertise, fabrication and worldwide collaborations which will provoke development in science and know-how.
A press release by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, quoted the president as saying: “The uniqueness of the mandate of NASENI as enshrined in its enabling regulation in the direction of the actualization and realization of our improvement programmes equivalent to creation of ten million jobs,
Economic Recovery and Growth Programme (ERGP) and Post COVID-19 sustainability Plan.
“It is simply deliberate deployment of Engineering, Science, Technology and Innovation (ESTI) utilizing know-how domestication and reverse engineering of capital items; making them out there in Nigeria that may fast-track realization of our collective will to construct capability and scale back poverty amongst our teeming populace.
“The nations which can be at the forefront of financial restoration have just one factor in frequent: funding and sustained analysis and improvement work in the information financial system.
COVID-19 pandemic has uncovered the Technology and innovation hole between us and the developed World, which NASENI is strategically positioned to fill.’’
President Buhari mentioned he had earlier permitted the reconstitution and inauguration of the Governing Board on March 8, 2018 with a transparent mandate to develop native capability in machine constructing and fabrication, which will be essential to Nigeria’s industrial improvement.
He continued: “However, so as to notice its full potential, NASENI should be empowered by means of the provision of sufficient monetary, human and materials sources and be given the autonomy and independence to forge worldwide partnerships to purchase the related applied sciences for socio-economic and industrial development of the nation.
“In this regard, I’ve directed the Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning and Federal Inland Revenue Service to start remittance of funds permitted by Law to the Agency.’’
The president additionally directed the minister of finance to conclude negotiation and acceptance of 85 per cent funding supply for institution of Solar Cells manufacturing, High Voltage testing laboratory and Transformer in collaboration with China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC).
“It is important for members of NASENI Governing Board to note that Agencies of Government with similar mandate as NASENI in many countries are directly under the supervision of their respective Heads of State and Government,” he added.
At the assembly, President Buhari permitted the National Tractor Refurbishment and Recovery Programme, which will cater for the restore and repositioning of greater than 55,000 tractors throughout the nation, and collaboration with Belgium Helicopter Manufacturing Company (Dynali Company) for helicopter manufacturing.
In his remarks, the government vice chairman of NASENI, Prof M S Haruna, mentioned the company had invested in human capability improvement that translated into manufacturing of a kinetic turbine, pre-paid metres, transformers, brick moulding machines, laboratory tools and unmanned aerial drones.
He mentioned the company additionally intervened in producing 3-Dmasks, ventilators and surroundings disinfectants for the COVID-19, noting that it had constructed digital voting methods and was already engaged on domestically produced jet engines and assemblage of passenger and army helicopters.
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