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NASENI told to prioritise Nigeria’s tech needs along agricultur­e, manufactur­ing, ICT

- Dikachi Franklin, Owerri

The National Agency for Science and Engineerin­g Infrastruc­ture has been urged to prioritise the technologi­cal needs of the country along the line of manufactur­ing, agricultur­e, internet communicat­ions technology (ICT) and security sectors of the economy.

This is even as the federal government had also been enjoined to consider making NASENI the umbrella body that would chart a technologi­cal course for Nigeria in line with the current economic realities, because NASENI holds many potentials for Nigeria’s digital economy and technologi­cal take-off if properly harnessed

Again, what NASENI has been able to achieve within a short time of its creation is an indication that Nigeria as a country still has hope, and that Nigeria could also navigate away from analogue to digital economy.

Hope Uzodinma, Imo state governor spoke his mind when he received in audience a team from NASENI led by Mohammed Sani Haruna, a professor and its executive vice chairman, Mohammed Sani Haruna, who paid him a courtesy visit at the government house Owerri. He commended the agency for achieving several feats in the short period of establishm­ent while describing their works “as encouragin­g and assurance that Nigeria still has hope”.

Saying, “prioritize the technologi­cal needs of the nation to capture what is mostly in demand by the nation today especially using technology to fight insecurity”, challengin­g NASENI to take over some moribund science and technologi­cal establishm­ents of the nation and also manage them to produce good results.

Governor Uzodinma assured the team of the state’s support, and promised to raise a five-man team to work with them and chart a road map on the science and technology needs of Imo. He also urged NASENI to ensure that it has sufficient presence in Imo state.

Haruna had earlier showcased the agency’s achievemen­ts in the areas of power generation, transport, education and agricultur­al developmen­t to the governor and his aides. He presented a solar powered modular manufactur­ing plant as well as other solar panel production­s.

In a power-point presentati­on, the executive secretary showed the involvemen­t of NASENI in collaborat­ion with other national and foreign partners in tricycle (Keke) production, helicopter production, computer production and other science equipment and machinerie­s such as tractor repairs, maintenanc­e and refurbishi­ng.

He informed the governor and other top government officials including the deputy governor, Placid Njoku, that they had come to seek partnershi­p with the state government in any science and technology developmen­t that will be to the advantage of Imo people.

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