The Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) has disclosed its intention to promote technology and engineering innovations of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI).
It stated this when the executive vice chairman of NASENI, Prof. Mohammed Haruna led a delegation of top management staff of the agency on a visit to the NGF’s secretariat in Abuja, where they were received by the acting director-general, Alhaji Abdullatif Shittu..
Shittu commended the agency on its achievements which cut across all sectors of Nigeria’s economy, and advised that NASENI’s relationships with tertiary institutions and the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) be strengthened particularly in the area of distribution of science kits to schools, saying the forum would be made available for the agency to publicise its inventions and innovations so as to attract patronage from the states.
He said: “We are well placed as governors forum because of our position and that can give us leverage. The secretariat is impressed with your achievements, they are apt, and timely, coming at the threshold of a new administration in the country. We would have the governors to come and listen to your presentation, which will be a veritable platform to open you up; so think of things that can add value to the development of the nation, while your challenges should be made clear.”
He also advised that the science kits be introduced in all primary and secondary schools to help the pupils think of inventions, innovations and creativity while more infrastructure should be built to help the pupils and students engage more in practical oriented exercises rather than theoretical.
In his remarks, the NASENI boss noted that in spite of the challenges the agency had gone through with different regimes, it had achieved a lot in power sector which could help in rural electrification and transportation with the design and manufacturing of made in Nigeria motorcycle known as NASENI M1 and tricycle (passenger and cargo) as well as the fabrication of airplane parts, which was one of the things that was learnt in the course of the agency’s foreign collaborations. He listed other areas of the interventions as the education and agricultural sectors of the nation.