NOTAP partners with AFIT on indigenous Technology development; promises establishment IPTTO in the Institute.
The National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) has commenced a bilateral relationship with the Air force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Kaduna to ensure a speedy acquisition and domestication of foreign technology into the country.
The Director General of NOTAP, Engr. Umar Bindir while presenting a paper tagged “the roles of Technology Development in attainment of vision 2020 said for any country to gain economic freedom, Science and Technology should be given the pride of place.
He said the Nigerian Air force is a highly respect institution in the committee of nations and should be sufficiently positioned to keep abreast of latest technological innovations across the globe to ensure the sustenance of Nigerians confidence in their operations.
Earlier in his presentation, the Director General ex-rayed how Dubia which is today rated as the most developed commercial centre in the sub region was grasping with poverty and underdevelopment even in the early 70s. He added that Nigerians are highly talented and industrious and only needed both political and attitudinal change to an accelerated development.
He used the forum to demonstrate the commitment and desire of his agency to domesticate technology through establishment of more Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Officer (IPTTO), across selected Universities, Polytechnics and Research Institutions which according to him, AFIT has been chosen.
He therefore challenged the students of the Institute to take advantage of opportunities that will be offered by the IPTTO and develop further their innovative spirit to ensure that they graduate to be employers of labour instead of looking for job after graduation.
Further more; the DG said the Institute stands to benefit maximally from the establishment of the IPTTO, adding that all the Research and Development (R&D) results that will be emanating from the Institute can now be patented to ensure adequate ownership and protection of the invention.
The Commandant of the Institute, Air Commodore N.E. Offor who was apparently overwhelmed by the presentation of the Director General said NOTAP was a natural partner in the area of technology development. Adding that the relationship would not have come at a better time than now that the political atmosphere in the country seems ripped.
While taking the DG and his entourage through the history of the Institute, Commodore Offor said the idea of establishing a NAF-owned logistics school was conceived by NAF immediately after the Nigerian Civil War in 1970. “The Civil War necessitated the introduction of a variety of aircraft and associated weapon systems into the NAF”. He added that the introduction of the platform led to the need for skilled manpower to operate and maintain them, therefore the need to establish Air force Institute of Technology in 1977.
He stated that since the inception of the school, about four thousand grandaunts from within and other African countries like Cameron, Ghana Liberia etc have passed through the Institute.
He thanked NOTAP for considering the school among the next schools to established IPTTO and promised that when that is finally done, the number of innovations to be patented for the Institute will be unquantifiable.
For: The Head of Public Relations and Protocol Unit, NOTAP