The National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) is set to complement the Federal Government’s move to revitalise the economy.
NOTAP Director General, Alhaji Danazumi Ibrahim, made the disclosure on Saturday during the organisation’s 2016 management retreat in Minna.
He said that NOTAP would align its activities to the current drive to diversify the sources of revenue generation and acquisition in the country.
“NOTAP’s mandate is to ensure that technological agreement in the country are not obsolete.
“In 2010/2014, the agency saved Nigeria N188.2 billion that would have gone out of the country in capital flight.
“In this regard, it is important to review our activities in line with the mandate, identify the existing gaps and develop clear strategies for implementation.
“This will guide us on how to reposition the office to play more vital role in the national economy.
“To be able to achieve this, it is important for management staff to brainstorm and exchange ideas on the implementation of the programmes of the agency,” he said.
Ibrahim decried the shortage of manpower in the agency, urging the Federal Government to improve the institution’s finances for better mandate performance.
The Director General gave an assurance that the agency would continue to monitor technological transfer to the country.
“We have informed universities, polytechnics and research establishments to bring in intellectual culture.
“Once a student or lecturer comes up with innovation and before it reaches the public domain, come to us to protect it for you to avoid fear of litigation,” he said.
Dr David Okongwu, a former Director General of NOTAP, who spoke on “The trend of Technology Transfer in Nigeria,” said Nigeria was the first to launch satellite in Africa.
He lamented that Nigeria was backward in technical advancement and called on government at all levels to tackle the current challenges in order to bring out the best in the people. (NAN)