By Ismaila Chafé

President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) Technology and Innovation Complex.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Technology and Innovation complex is named after the president.

Speaking at the event, the president stated that NASENI would be a critical legacy that his administration would leave to the next administration in 2023.

He indicated that the agency, under his administration, is repositioning itself to become a Technology and Innovation Pole for national development.

“This is a fundamental legacy of this administration. With this complex and the facilities available, the future of our national competitiveness among global economies is bright.

“We are confident that these advanced Science and Engineering facilities will help our nation achieve the African Union Agenda 2063 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030,” he said.

While he denounced NASENI’s inability to reach its full potential over the years, Buhari assured his administration’s determination to reverse the trend.

“NASENI has a long history of establishment and has been in existence for more than 30 years, but the agency has faced so many challenges that mitigated the realization of its full potential in accordance with the Law that established the agency.

”Under my Presidency, NASENI reinvents itself and transforms itself to become a Technology and Innovation Hub for our national development.

“Accordingly, we have strategically repositioned NASENI to develop local capacity in machine building and manufacturing, which is critical to Nigeria’s industrial development.

“NASENI is now taming foreign technologies and product development through backward integration,” he said.

According to Buhari, the recent attraction of 250 CZK or a $10.5 million research and development grant to Nigeria is proof that his administration’s transformation is achieving results in creating a competitive agency.

“NASENI, under my supervision as President of the Governing Council, has lived up to its expectations and has performed well.

“The agency had invented useful and historical intelligence and defense related equipment and devices and has designed, in collaboration with renowned organizations, an armored personnel carrier with advanced features and a mine-resistant ambush-protected APC, among others,” he said.

Buhari also expressed his satisfaction with the advancement of NASENI in the programs of agricultural self-sufficiency, energy, power and local technology of this administration through the manufacture of machinery, equipment and devices.

According to him, the Agency is implementing Smart Irrigation Projects for multi-crop seasonal agriculture; the National Tractor Recovery, Rehabilitation and Redeployment Innovation, in collaboration with Nigeria’s Incentive-based Laughter Sharing Scheme for Agricultural Loans,

He stressed that “the assembly of two helicopters for the first Made-In-Nigeria helicopter and the development of solar cells for the production of 100% solar modules, using local raw materials, are among the patriotic contributions to Nigeria’s transition towards a manufacturing economy.

Buhari reiterated the relevance of NASENI as a fundamental agency for the maintenance and sustainability of the nation’s infrastructure.

The president said: “The present administration has invested heavily in various infrastructure facilities: in highways, railways, water and aviation, among other sectors of our economy.

“After this administration, the resourcing and sustainability of this critical infrastructure will present a challenge in the medium and long term.

“But, with our deliberate repositioning of NASENI to be on par with other similar government agencies around the world and optimal performance, we are convinced that the future maintenance of our key national infrastructure is assured.”

“The new NASENI is, without a doubt, one of the most important legacies that my administration is leaving to the next administration in 2023,” the president reaffirmed.

Buhari also praised NASENI Executive Vice President Professor Mohammad Haruna for his exemplary leadership, dynamism and foresight in advancing the agency’s cause.

He said: “I congratulate you and order you to be awarded the Service Excellence Award and the National Honor of Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic, which will be awarded to you at the last Federal Executive Council in December 2022.”

In his welcome address, the Executive Vice President recognized Buhari’s commitment to bringing science, technology and innovation (STI) to the center stage of Nigeria’s socio-economic activities, noting that it was the first time that a president Nigerian was visiting the agency. .

Haruna said: “You are the first and only Head of Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to have visited a NASENI facility across the country in the agency’s 31-year existence.

“It has already demonstrated a shift away from the commodity-based economy and has led priority innovations and inventions towards manufacturing and the knowledge-based economy.”

He assured the president of the agency’s commitment to contributing to overcoming the country’s development challenges.

“Furthermore, NASENI is ready and, God willing, will soon provide an innovative technological solution to stop the theft and supply of crude oil, vandalism of power lines, as well as surveillance and monitoring devices for our railways, highways and seaways” , said.

The goodwill message from Senate President Ahmed Lawan was delivered by Senator Uche Ekwunife, Chairman of the Senate Science and Technology Committee, while Federal Capital Territory Minister Muhammad Bello was among the dignitaries of the event. (NAN) (www.nannews.com.ng)

Edited by Bashir Rabe Mani

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