Workshop Participants Decry Passive Technology Transfer in Nigeria
Participants at the national workshop on ‘Packaging Research and Development (R&D) and Inventions for the Market’ which was organized by the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) in collaboration with the Islamic Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) have decried the weakness in institutional frameworks for effective technology transfer in Nigeria. This was contained in the communiqué issued at the end of the workshop.
Arising from the workshop which lasted from Wednesday 6th - Friday 8th June 2012, the participants drawn from universities, research institutions and stakeholders in Science and Technology observed that the weakness in capacity to turn scientific outputs to be industrially applicable had led to high consumption of foreign technologies by industries and other vital sectors of the Nigerian economy.
They also observed that 51 years after independence, Nigeria had been characterized by the dominance of rural life, weak physical and socio-economic infrastructure, weak technical education system, weak “local” industries, know-how and capability.
The participants further observed that Nigeria possessed great potentials in high, intermediate, low and traditional technology bandwidths. They, therefore, advocated a properly coordinated Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) system in the country for the purpose of synergy.
The workshop which was declared open by the Honourable Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Okon Bassey Etta Ewa ably represented by Mr. Aaron Renkwar, the Director, Planning, Research and Policy Analysis Department of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, is the 5th in the series jointly organized by NOTAP and ISESCO. It was organized in recognition of the importance of appropriate packaging of R&D results and inventions to boost investment, wealth creation and industrial economic development in line with the transformation agenda and Vision 20:2020.
At the event, the Director General of ISESCO was represented by Dr. Ismail Abdulhameed while the Director General of NOTAP, Engr. Umar Bindir, the Chief host, was physically present throughout the period of the workshop.