Dr. Abdu Bulama commends NOTAP on the Technology Storyboard Initiative
The Honourable Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Abdu Bulama has commended NOTAP for recently launching the Technology Storyboard initiative of the Office and unveiling of the Technology Storybook, saying Nigerians should embrace the initiative to leap-frog technology development in Nigeria.
The Minister who was represented by the Director General of National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA, Prof. Seidu Mohammed at the event said with the Technology Storyboard initiated by NOTAP, Nigeria was at the threshold of demystifying Science and Technology.
He said NOTAP was established among other things, to promote a rapid technological revolution by an efficient assimilation/absorption of foreign technology and a concerted development of indigenous technological capability through a proactive commercialization and promotion of locally motivated technologies.
He reiterated that NOTAP by this laudable initiative has demonstrated commitment to ensuring that science and technology which is globally the engine that steers development is demystified through a simplified pictorial representation of products production/manufacturing processes.
Dr. Bulama told the gathering that one of the objectives of the Storyboard was to use the Technology Storyboard to teach primary and Secondary school pupils about production processes of products so that the story will constantly remind them that science, technology and innovation are key ingredients for product processing and wealth creation.
He said the initiative was an offshoot of the Public-Private-partnership arrangement by NOTAP, conceptualized during the monitoring of technology transfer agreementof production companies in Nigeria.
In his opening address, the Director General of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Engr. Umar Buba Bindir expressed displeasure that out one hundred and twenty nine Universities in the country and numerous polytechnics and research institutions, the country still import hundred percent of the technologies consumed in the country.
He said NOTAP for the past five years, has been facilitating the linkage between the industry and the academia. He added that the registration of technology transfer agreement, gave NOTAP the opportunity of constantly interacting with both bodies which availed NOTAP the opportunity of knowing the challenges of the industry as it affects demand-driven research.
He said the storyboard initiative was targeted at “catching the school pupils young” to begin to develop enduring interest in science, technology and innovation development which is the engine that steers socio-economic growth of every nation.
He said no Nigerian Child will pass through the pictorial product production/manufacturing processes through primary and secondary schools without developing interest in science and technology. He therefore pleaded with Federal and State Ministries of education to join hands to ensure that these storybooks are distributed in all Nigerian Schools.