The Federal Government on Tuesday reiterated its commitments towards achieving sustained technological development and advancement in the nation.
The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (FMSTI) Mr Uche Nnaji, said this at the inauguration of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) headquarters building in Abuja.
Nnaji promised to continue to provide the necessary support towards ministries, departments and agencies of government (MDA’s) under his purview in order to achieve the sustained technological development of Nigeria.
”As I commission this NOTAP Headquarters complex, it is my expectation that the management and staff of NOTAP shall continue to work in harmony with renewed zeal and commitment.
”To justify the funding priority accorded to this project towards sustained technological development of our dear nation,” he said.
He also added that his administration would continue to provide the necessary support to NOTAP towards achieving its mandate.
He added that his ministry would support NOTAP to ensure that all the MDA’s and private sector organisations register their technology transfer agreements with the Office as stipulated in its mandates.NThe News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NOTAP is mandated to regulate and register technology transfer agreements in the country and also promote indigenous technological activities.
The minister also commended the President Bola Tinubu for approving the commissioning of the office complex.
“ It is gratifying to note the remarkable role played by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, who graciously approved the construction of the NOTAP and made funds available.
“ I wish to further appreciate President Bola Tinubu for graciously approving the commissioning of this NOTAP headquarters complex.
“ It is worthy at this juncture, to commend the unwavering support from the 9th National Assembly,” he said.
The Director-General NOTAP, Dr DanAzumi Ibrahim in his address said the agency is responsible for monitoring, regulating and facilitating the inflow of foreign technology in Nigeria.
He said that its mandate was being implemented primarily through the evaluation and registration of technology transfer agreements which were required to be submitted to it within 30 days from the effective date.
Ibrahim added that NOTAP needed a befitting modern office space to discharge its official duties with ease so as to promote foreign and local investments in technology.
“Our duties are innovative in nature, we need the best of space to be able to link up with other local and foreign stakeholders in order to discharge services according to globally accepted standards,” he said.
The director-general said NOTAP ensured that technology transfer agreements were fair and mutually beneficial to indigenous innovators, adding,”and that they do not infringe on the country’s intellectual property laws and policies.
He also said an Indigenous contractor, Mr. Stanley Odenigbo, Managing Director of Paul-B. Nig.Plc, handled the NOTAP corporate head office project from start to finish.
According to him, that is how much NOTAP promotes industrialisation and growth of Nigerian scientists and innovators.
“The agency ensures that Nigerian innovators and entrepreneurs have access to the latest technology and knowledge, which can be used to develop local capacity and promote economic growth and development
NAN reports that the newly commissioned NOTAP office complex is a smart office complex made up of 60 offices.
The offices are built in line with globally acceptable standards, that is, they incorporate modern technology to increase and boost employee productivity, experience, and efficiency. (NAN) www.nannews.ng
Edited by Bashir Rabe Mani