By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI—The Polymer Institute of Nigeria, PIN, has appealed to the Federal Government to religiously pursue the development of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry with a view to providing the needed raw materials for industries that will ultimately create jobs.
National President of PIN, Dr. Paul Mamza, in a chat with Vanguard in Owerri, Imo State noted that using raw materials locally was a better economic measure than importing everything.
“The development of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry will help provide the nation’s raw material need for our industries. It makes more economic sense than importing all and everything the nation needs to run the machines in our industries,” Mamza said.
Mamza, who is an Associate Professor of Polymer Science and Technology in the Chemistry Department of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, observed with dismay that although a lot of research goes on in the nation’s universities and research institutes, the needed synergy between the institutions and the industry remains largely missing.
“Many research findings on the shelves of the higher institutions have not been commercialized due to low-level of entrepreneurship amongst researchers,” he said.
He opined that the recent introduction of entrepreneurship programmes in the nation’s tertiary institutions was commendable, adding that the enabling environment (teaching aids) should be provided to make the programmes more realistic and result oriented.