The National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) is to partner the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) in promoting technologies emanating from space science for the benefit of Nigerians.
Director General National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) Engr. Umar Buba Bindir said the partnership has become necessary since the space agency is the highest form of technology available in our nation with the potential of providing spin-offs that will solve the socio-economic problems of Nigerians.
Engr. Bindir made this known when he led a delegation of Management Staff of NOTAP to the Obasanjo Space Centre, headquarters of the National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA on a courtesy visit.
Engr. Bindir emphasised that Nigeria is transferring foreign technologies at a faster rate without the knowledge to domesticate them due to lack of indigenous research centres on such technologies. He cited example of how Nigeria is involved in oil and gas, automobile and steel technologies but lacks indigenous research facilities to provide knowledge to sustain such technologies which has been the bane of our development.
The Director General encouraged NASRDA to reactivate the Telemedicine project which he described as a viable technology capable of deploying healthcare to the much desired rural populace of Nigeria using space applications.
''You are sitting on a multibillion naira industry''. He emphasised that NASRDA has all it takes to realise this potential but she must have an intellectual property rights policy that will help develop the numerous technologies invented and innovated into products that will attract patronage, compete internationally and generate resources.
He commended NASRDA for the efforts so far made in developing space science technologies for the benefit of Nigerians.
Earlier, Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA Prof. Seidu Mohammed said the agency has been proactive in developing capacity for its staff to handle the highest form of space technology they are dealing with.
He said the agency has successfully deployed the launched satellites, NIG.SAT2 and SAT X to cover the entire country and has embarked on Rocketry Programme aimed at developing local capacity for satellite production and launching amongst other achievements.
Prof. Mohammed revealed that the agency has a vision to take up the space market in Africa by the year 2020 hence its massive investment in capacity building with 71 PHDs, 93 MSCs and 70 specialized trainings ongoing.
He commended NOTAP for the drive to promote local technologies and increase awareness on Intellectual Property Rights which are crucial to the development of our nation.
The visiting NOTAP team inspected some of the projects being undertaken by NASRDA.
NOTAP and NASRDA, agencies under the purview of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, are expected to draw up a Memorandum of Understanding that will ensure the establishment of an Intellectual Property Technology Transfer Office in NASRDA amongst others to ensure the realisation of the objectives of the partnership for the overall development of Nigeria.