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Julius Berger, Airtel, Nestle, Others Commit N20m to NITTP Fellowship Scheme

Julius Berger, Airtel, Nestle, Others Commit N20m to NITTP Fellowship Scheme

By Dele Ogbodo on July 29, 2015

The federal government on Tuesday commended Julius Berger, Nestle Plc, Airtel, Dufil Foods and Wamco Plc for committing over N20 million as scholarship grants to five Nigerians who made distinctions in their Masters programme to undertake further research under the NOTAP-Industry Technology Transfer Fellowship (NITTF), in technology innovation  and competencies tenable in Nigerian universities.

Speaking at the launch of the programme in Abuja, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, commended the companies for making good their pledge. She appealed to those who are yet to redeem to theirs to do so.

According to her, NITTF is one of the schemes that is aimed at providing an efficient process for the acquisition and domestication of foreign technologies as enshrined in NOTAP Act.

She said the collaboration between the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), and industries is for the purpose of strengthening technology transfer process, adding that NOTAP in its 35 years of existence has been a regulator of technology transfer from foreign countries into Nigeria.

She said: “Over the years, NOTAP has been registering and monitoring the implementation of the technology transfer agreements between the transferors and the transferees which are the Nigerian companies.”

Oyo-Ita noted that in the course of NOTAP carrying out their statutory obligations there have been observed inadequacies and disconnect between industries and the national innovation system, which has resulted in the absence of value creation and inability to acquire imported technologies beneficial to the economy.

In a remark, NOTAP’s Acting Director General, Mr. Dan Azumi Mohammed, said the collaboration between the agency, academia and industries has been one of the missing gaps in technological acquisition. “This is a very critical event which intends to kick start the much needed practical collaborations between the industry, academia and government toward achieving sustainable national development,” he said.

He said the entire scheme is a Public Private Partnership designed to create indigenous critical technological competencies of the elite applied knowledge workers in Nigeria through Ph.D. programmes tenable in Nigerian universities.


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