By Nkechi Isaac,
Economic development of a country is the outcome of purposeful human activity. The modern era is an era of changes. The whole world is becoming a village due to the industrial revolution and fast developing communication technology. The globalization of industry and commerce is bringing a vast change in various aspects of life.
Economic development is a highly dynamic process characterized by the pattern of demand shifts, new products are needed and appear for the production of goods within a country.
A developing country needs entrepreneurs who are competent to perceive new opportunities and are willing to incur the necessary risk in exploiting them. A developing economy is required to be brought out of the vicious circle of low income and poverty. Entrepreneurs can break this vicious circle. Entrepreneurs can help government change a developing economy into a developed one.
In line with the above wisdom, the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) and the Abuja Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ABUCCIMA), have agreed to work together in promoting entrepreneurship drive among Nigerian youths, men and women via commercialization of some of NASENI’s products and technology equipment that are lying on the shelves for sustainable national and economic development of the country.
NASENI overtime has through its intervention roles manufactured and produced locally made goods and technology equipment for industrial growth. These include 7.5KVA solar panel, Junior and Primary Science kits, Propeller Wind Turbine, Small Hydro Power, Pole Mounted Transformer, NASENI Tricycle (Keke NASENI), Made in Nigeria Motorcycle, Rice Thresher, Three-in-one Fish Smoker, Solar Dryer, Rotary Furnace, among others.
Many of these products are at present lying unutilized because NASENI expects small and medium enterprises (SMEs), entrepreneurs, private and public sectors to patronize it by taking ownership of the prototypes and mass produce them as well as commercialize them. Specifically that is what the law which established the agency stipulates.
Unfortunately Nigerian entrepreneurs have continued to import same technologies from China, Indonesia and Thailand to run the Nigeria economy, even with products of less quality than that of NASENI. This is the dilemma of today’s technology advancement bedeviling Nigeria.
But hope has emerged that all that may change soon. Engr. Oluseyi Taiwo while speaking as head of delegation from the Abuja Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ABUCCIMMA) which visited NASENI yesterday in Abuja said they were in the agency to look at areas of collaboration and to explore opportunities for members to do business with technology products from the agency.
He said the chamber was aware NASENI has a lot of products that could help in the development of the Nigerian economy. “We are here to see how we can leverage on what you are doing to develop the economy and also how our members who are into SMEs can key into what NASENI has on ground, benefit from it and help in developing the economy generally,” he said.
He also requested that NASENI through its engineering infrastructure engage some members of the chambers in skill acquisition.
Speaking earlier, the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the agency, Engr. Prof. Mohammed Sani Haruna, said the decree that established NASENI stipulates that its primary target is to empower SMEs through impartation of technologies, engineering principles and practices for the production of equipment that will meet international standard as well as sustenance of flourishing local, capital goods and industries.
He said NASENI is vital to ABUCCIMA and is part and parcel of the chambers. “Aside from that NASENI is a registered member of ABUCCIMA and in turn the latter a board member of the agency. This is to show you that NASENI cannot work without the support of the private sector and the SMEs,” he further pointed out.
The EVC said the agency’s products and prototypes were developed to reach the market, adding whoever helps in promoting and marketing the products as well as mass producing them will be a partner in progress.
Regretting that the private sector is not coming forward to collaborate with NASENI or taking over the products, he stressed that the agency was willing to sell its prototypes to willing SMEs and entrepreneurs.
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