By Oboh Agbonkhese
A professor of Metallurgical Engineering has urged governments at all levels and other key players in the manufacturing sector to embark on robust investment in processing, smelting and refining industries to enhance technological entrepreneurship, local manufacturing of spare parts and ultimately resuscitate the hitherto moribund automobile industry in the country.
Professor Benjamin Adewuyi stated this while delivering the 94th inaugural lecture of the Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA, on the topic Metals and Materials: Creating Technological Entrepreneurial Potentials, noting that no country can achieve any meaningful greatness without indigenous iron and steel-based local capacity building through technological entrepreneurship in the metal sector.
He said for Nigeria to join the league of countries with vibrant manufacturing sector, it should prioritise the iron and steel industry and create incentives that will lead to the development of basic spare parts industries, which will make substitutes for imported varieties.
In his remarks, FUTA’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape, who chaired the occasion, appreciated Professor Adewuyi’s dexterity, describing Adewuyi as an astute scholar and an administrator par excellence, who has worked in various capacities in the university.