The Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Yola (FUTY) Professor Bashir Haruna Usman has commended the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) for the brilliant initiative of establishing Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Offices (IPTTOs) in research institutes and universities in the country.

He was speaking during the formal commissioning ceremony of the IPTTO of the Federal University of Technology Yola (FUTY).

Prof. Bashir Usman pointed out that the establishment of IPTTO in FUTY could not have come at a better time than this considering the global emphasis placed on science and technology through innovations, research and technology transfer.

He said the FUTY will assist its staff to excel in their fields of endeavor thus improving its rating in the field of science and technology and those products of scientific research and innovations carried out by staff in the six schools of the University would be showcased through NOTAP for commercialization.

Prof. Usman revealed that the IPPTO established by NOTAP in his University is very important not only for the institution but also for the entire Adamawa State and expressed readiness to partner with companies, agencies and private enterprises to boost innovations, establish linkages and create a technology based Small and Medium scale Enterprises (SMEs) in the State.

He further stated that FUTY IPTTO will strive to be the best amongst the 30 IPPTTOs already established in the country.

Presenting a paper on the importance and challenges of innovation centres in Nigeria, Engr. Bindir opined that innovations do not work in Nigeria because of weaknesses in industrial policy, venture capital, management system, technology entrepreneurship and feasibility business plans.

He said Nigeria has what it takes to be one of the to 20 economies of the world, but needed to harness its potentials through the exploitation of innovations from the Country’s knowledge centres 

He therefore advocated for closer linkage amongst institutions and better funding of research and development as is the case with the top 20 industrialized nations of the world if Nigeria is to make any meaningful progress. 

The Lamido of Adamawa, His Royal Highness (Dr.) Aliyu Musdafa represented by the Dangaladiman Adamawa Alh. Lawal Ribadu said the presentation by the Director General of NOTAP is a welcome development and an answer to prayers. He expressed optimism that with quality Nigerians like the Director General who have great passion for the development of the nation, Nigeria will be positively transformed by the year 2020.

Goodwill messages and commendations were made by the Rector of Adamawa Polytechnic, Professor Umar Boboye, Representative of the DG Raw Materials Research and Development Council (R.M.R.D.C) Alh. Mohammed Jidda and Mr. Ranjan Meshera from industry.

The FUTY IPTTO was later commissioned by the Director General of NOTAP with the support of the Vice-Chancellor of the University Prof. Bashir Usman.

An intensive training workshop on running the IPTTO was later conducted by resource persons from NOTAP for the Director of FUTY IPTTO Engr. (Dr.) Bashir Aliyu and other participants drawn from the University.