Why Notap Is Preparing Youths For Latest Tech
By Pelumi Olaleye
Director General of National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), DanAzumi Ibrahim said the three projects embarked upon by the agency is meant to prepare the Nigerian youth for latest technology.
Danazumi, who was speaking recently during his visit to Lagos however cautioned that if stakeholders and researchers are not working in line with technology, it might be difficult to move to the next level.
The DG explained that technology is a product of skills and individual who wants to indulge in any business must be skillful. And when such individual come to Notap for support t there would be pre registration in order to know if the person is a serious researcher who has focus and is ready go extra mile.
“Notap’s road map is to increase the system of technology and ensure that Nigeria has abundance of good technology. Notap has three major projects: catch them young with technology story book ,which means that technology book would be provided for young people to read so that they will grow up to be researchers of technology, to transfer fellowship between Notap industry and the academia, to upgrade laboratories all these projects would help the agency to prepare young people for newer technology”.
Notap is an agency under the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology.
He maintained that Notap is an agency that regulate the influx of foreign technology.
“In reducing capital flight, Notap has to provide a local vendor that would produce software for researchers to use for their research and also strengthen their financial muscle . if we are able to establish good fellowship between the researcher and technology, there would be an improvement in the area of technology. In the area of technology and globally,Nigeria is among the highly intelligent in the world but people are lagging behind because there is no support from industry’s stakeholders and the government.
“However, the only thing Notap can do is to work with foreign investors and also sponsor some researchers so that when they get back they can ensure technology in the country get improved.
“There must be an agreement between the foreign organisation and Notap so that they support those researchers who are willing to make progress in their research work”, he said.