By Kingsley Adegboye
As professional bodies intensify the clamour for sustainable national development, the Nigerian Academy of Engineering has called for a strategy that would transfer technology either by domesticating imported technical-know-how or by moving the outputs of technological endeavours from the National Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation System.
The Academy which is populated by top engineers in the country added that a careful analysis of the outputs and potentials of the Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation,SETI system should immediately be launched in Nigeria to hasten sustainable national development.
These were parts of submissions made at the 2013 Annual Public Lecture of the Academy in Lagos last week.The theme of the lecture was “Leveraging the Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation System in Nigeria”.
The Director-General, National Office for Technology Acquisition & Promotion, NOTAP, Umar Buba Bindir, an engineer who was the guest speaker, called for a deliberate programme to use existing technologies to grow viable middle class entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
This would require knowledge workers and technology service providers to modify their operations and impacts through a revolutionary programme that would fundamentally lead to the creation of a minimum 1,000,000 technical and managerial jobs using Nigerian engineering, technologies and technical-know-how, most of which are efforts having direct implications on the outputs of the SETI system. The strategy here should be on ‘building’ the bridge needed to overcome the ‘valley of death’ for technology.
The NOTAP boss declared: “To build the required critical mass of highly skilled manpower, we must be very innovative and resolve to meaningfully partner with technology service providers particularly those that transfer foreign technology to Nigeria. We must use the platform of implementing all capital projects in industry and at all levels of the public sector to build such technical capacities and capabilities that would include quality engineering workshops, test stations, databases and laboratories”.