NOTAP Unveils Initiative To Ensure Technology Transfer
The National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion NOTAP, has unveiled a programme to enrich the skills of Nigerians through capacity building tagged, NOTAP-Industry Technology Transfer Fellowship (NITTF).
Unveiling the initiative at a one day Sensitization Workshop in Lagos, Director General of NOTAP Engr. Umar Buba Bindir observed that Nigeria is not making impact economically because there is a disconnect between industry and the academia. This observation he said, came to light through the Office’s mandate of continuous monitoring of technology transfer agreements.
Engr. Bindir pointed out that NOTAP has taken steps to ensure that industries increase their local value addition and enhance technological development through appropriate linkages with Universities and the over 300 research institutes spread across the nation to achieve proper linkages with industry and enhance innovation for national development.
The Director General said the NITTF is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) that will create indigenous critical technological competencies of elite applied knowledge through special Ph D programmes tenable in Nigerian Universities and will ensure that technology is properly transferred to Nigerians and ensure economic development in line with the transformation agenda of the present administration.
Engr. Bindir stressed that the fellowship is for a maximum period of four years to be jointly implemented by NOTAP and industry. The fellows will be academic workers in Universities and Research Institutes and will be mandated to enter into contract with NOTAP, Industry and Universities.
The fellows according to him will eventually return to the Universities or Research Institutes as lecturers or researchers and this process will ensure speedy transfer of technology.
Participants at the workshop commended the initiative of NOTAP in putting together the programme saying it is long overdue and a welcome development that will positively transform the industrial landscape of Nigeria.
The workshop attracted more than 100 participants from Industry, Universities and Research Institutes across the country.