President Muhammadu Buhari is building the infrastructure needed to transition Nigeria to a manufacturing economy, the NASENI chief says Thursday.
Professor Muhammad Sani-Haruna, Executive Vice President of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), said this at a ceremony in Bagudo, Kebbi State.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Sani-Haruna said this at the inauguration of the NASENI Skills Acquisition Center and the distribution of stoves and pots to 350 households in the area.
The stove and pots were invented by NASENI in collaboration with a German NGO.
“The soft component of the manufacturing or knowledge-based economy is quality human resources. This is the most important component, without which a country will remain an import-oriented economy.
“The technical knowledge necessary to guarantee the sustainability and maintainability of massive infrastructure in railways, aviation, bridges, health, energy and water resources, to name a few.
”(These) are provided by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari; and they are the necessary prerequisite for Nigeria’s transition to a manufacturing economy.
“This project is in line with His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari’s directives for us to carry out a youth empowerment and skills acquisition program in 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT),” said.
He thanked the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, for the donation of 20 hectares of land for the construction of the site in Bagudo.
Laying the foundation, Kebbi Governor Atiku Bagudu praised the federal government for finding Kebbi worthy for the project.
“We thank President Muhammadu Buhari for what he has been doing to Kebbi, especially the 100-bed hospital, the Immigrant Training Center, the only one in Africa, as well as the Federal College of Education (FCE), all in government Bagudo local,” he said. .
Bagudu called on the electorate to elect the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the upcoming general election to continue enjoying more democracy dividends in his area.
Malami praised NASENI for distributing modern stoves and pots to homes, saying the items would go a long way in minimizing the relentless felling of trees in the area.
He urged the electorate to choose the APC at all levels in the upcoming elections, adding that the Buhari administration has implemented many projects across the area.
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