NOTAP Boss Urges In­vest­ment in Re­search & De­vel­op­ment for Growth

Nigeria Communications Week - - News - Chike On­wueg­buchi

DR. Danazumi Ibrahim, di­rec­tor­gen­eral of the National Of­fice for Tech­nol­ogy Ac­qui­si­tion and Pro­mo­tion (NOTAP) has said that the only panacea for Nige­ria to be­come tech­no­log­i­cally in­de­pen­dent is to in­vest hugely on re­search and de­vel­op­ment.

Dr Ibrahim stressed that if re­search and de­vel­op­ment is not given the pri­or­ity at­ten­tion it de­serves, then the fu­ture of Nige­ria be­com­ing in­de­pen­dent in terms of sus­tain­abil­ity would be weak.

He noted that the op­tion but to spend hugely on re­search and de­vel­op­ment so that we gain our in­de­pen­dence and be able also to pro­duce and sell our prod­ucts to the out­side world.

The Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral was speak­ing when he re­ceived the DG and of­fi­cials of the De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Bu­reau (DRDB) who were on a courtesy visit to NOTAP head­quar­ters in Abuja.

Dr Ibrahim said over 90 per­cent of the tech­nolo­gies that pow­ers the Nige­rian econ­omy is im­ported and there­fore the na­tion must be strate­gic in her ap­proach to tack­ling this anom­aly.

‘‘If re­search and de­vel­op­ment is af­fected then the fu­ture of Nige­ria be­com­ing in­de­pen­dent in terms of sus­tain­abil­ity would be weak. I must say we have no op­tion but to spend hugely on re­search and de­vel­op­ment so that we gain our in­de­pen­dence and be able also to pro­duce and sell our prod­ucts to the out­side world.

‘‘The na­tion has a very weak in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty cul­ture ev­i­dent in our uni­ver­si­ties and re­search in­sti­tutes and in or­der to change that, NOTAP in 2006 started part­ner­ing with the World In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WIPO) to es­tab­lish In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Tech­nol­ogy Trans­fer Of­fices (IPTTOs) in Uni­ver­si­ties to sen­si­tize re­searchers on the cul­ture of in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty and en­cour­age them to file ap­pli­ca­tions for patents be­fore pub­lish­ing in or­der to pro­tect their in­ven­tions and in­no­va­tions.

‘‘The of­fice has so far es­tab­lished 45 IPTTOs across the coun­try some of which are in mil­i­tary es­tab­lish­ments like Airforce In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (AFIT) Zaria, Nige­rian De­fence Academy (NDA) Kaduna and De­fence In­dus­tries Cor­po­ra­tion of Nige­ria (DICON) Kaduna in or­der to har­ness re­search and de­vel­op­ment re­sults that will lead to com­mer­cial­iza­tion.’’ As a re­sult of th­ese ef­forts in pro­mot­ing patent­ing, he said that 65 per cent of the patents that came out in 2019 were through the of­fice, adding that the of­fice has saved over N79.3 bil­lion naira be­tween the years 2015 to 2019 that would have left the shores of the na­tion as cap­i­tal flight through its strict reg­u­la­tory role.

He com­mended DRDB for its re­search and de­vel­op­ment ef­forts de­scrib­ing as strate­gic the wis­dom of the mil­i­tary in hav­ing a sin­gle um­brella for its re­search and de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties and promised that NOTAP will part­ner with the bu­reau for the over­all de­vel­op­ment of the na­tion.

Ear­lier, Air Vice Mar­shall Onye­maechi Osa­hor, di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Bu­reau (DRDB) said the bu­reau is charged with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of co-co­or­di­nat­ing all the ac­tiv­i­ties of de­fence-re­lated lab­o­ra­to­ries, ini­ti­at­ing, con­duct­ing and co­or­di­nat­ing re­search and de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties in de­fence and se­cu­rity-re­lated ar­eas.

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