By Abdullahi Jalaluddeen Kano
Federal Government says it will establish six technology and innovation centres for global competitiveness in the six geopolitical zones of the country, with the aim of producing made in Nigeria products.
The minister of Science, Technology and innovation, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu stated this when he paid a courtesy call to Kano state Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje at Government House Kano.
He said for the the Northwest zone, the technology and innovation centre will be established in Kano State.
The minister maintained that the objectives of his visit to Kano was to sensitize and rub minds with university communities and relevant stakeholders in the zone, geared towards ensuring that the stated goals were achieved.
He decried the manner in which research findings in the country have remained on the shelves and laboratories as not been put to use while the various stakeholders work in isolation.
“We have also seen that our research institutes, agencies, universities, polytechnics carry out research on their own without interactions between them. So, we are out to promote that interaction between the stakeholders as well as the governments and industries. Let the research carried out in the research institutes be driven by the need of the industries. By the time that is done, industries will be willing to commercialize and convert such findings into products and services.”
Dr Onu said with this, SMEs will spring up in the country, they will grow into the medium scale and large scale and through that eradicate poverty in the country, .”
Responding, Governor Ganduje said technology and innovation centre is surest ways of turning the large population Nigeria have into an asset instead of a liability.
He commended the Minister for selecting Kano State as the location for establishing the hub for the North-West geopolitical zones.
Meanwhile, the minister held a meeting with the Vice-Chancellors of Bayero University Kano, Kano university of science and technology and North-West University, at the Senate building of Bayero University Kano.
He also paid a courtesy visit to the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero.