NOTAP DG bags the Fellowship of Nigeria Academy of Engineering
The Director General of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Engr. Umar Bindir has been inducted into the prestigious fellowship of the Nigeria Academy of Engineers at the Investiture Ceremony of Prof. Ayo Ogunye as the 7th President of the Academy.
While conferring the honour on the DG, the President of the Academy pointed out that Fellows of the academy are distinguished Nigerians who have excelled in the field of Engineering. He added that the Fellowship of the NAE is the highest award to be given to any carrier Engineer not only in Nigeria but throughout the world.
The President said with the induction of the twelve new fellows of the Academy which included the DG, Nigeria would still be parading less than a hundred fellows, trailing far behind the United States of America (USA), United Kingdom (UK), Canada, Korea and other developed nations. He challenged the Engineers to braise up with the challenges of their profession in order to increase the productivity of the country and gain a proper place in the academy.
Prof. Ogunye stated that the Nigerian Academy of Engineering was incorporated as a private limited organization by guarantee in September 1997 for the purpose of promoting excellence in technological and engineering training and practice to ensure the technological growth and economic development of Nigeria.
He revealed that up to the end of the first half of the twentieth century, only a few Nigerians had acquired full professional engineering status and that they obtained their basic engineering qualification and training abroad, mainly in the United Kingdom.
He further stated that the Academy was inspired by the need for a small, focused engineering body that would have the narrow objectives of the advancement and pursuit of excellence in Technology and Engineering, and the provision of a national platform for experts to pool their experience and insights to make input in policy making.
While acknowledging the honour bestowed on Engr. Bindir said he was overwhelmed at his selection as a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering.
The DG revealed that he had obtained several awards including the distinguished Merit Award of Excellence ICA in 2007, distinguished Merit Award of Excellence for Professional Practice NIAE 2008, Federal Ministry of Science and Technology Outstanding Performance Award 2009 among others, but that his induction into the Academy of Engineering Fellowship was the highest award he had received in his professional carrier.
Engr. Bindir pledged to abide by the rules and regulations governing the Academy and promised to use his position as the Director General of NOTAP to promote and strengthen the activities of the Academy for the overall socio-economic development of the country.
He said the award was in recognition of collective effort of the entire staff of NOTAP and his family. He thus dedicated the award to them.