Amnesty programme , board sign MoU on agricultural productivity

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The National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI) and the Presidential Amnesty Programme on Niger Delta have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to improve the quality and certification of Amnesty beneficiaries’ agricultural products.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr. Bitrus Nabasu witnessed the signing of the MoU between the organisations in Abuja.

He said the purpose of the MoU is to add value and improve the security situation among delegates of Amnesty in Niger Delta region.

“NBTI had technology incubation centres across the country in which the board had trained youths which inturned become employers.

The essence of creating the board is to train people who have invented technology to the level of popularisation and commercialisation,” Nabasu said.

He said the calm in Niger Delta is due to the effort of the Amnesty Programme.

Nabasu, however, called on the two organisations to take the MoU seriously as the country stands to benefit.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programmes , Mr Charles Dokunbo said the delegates would be trained and empowered on food and comestic products registered with NAFDAC.

The Director General of NBTI, Mr. Jibril Mohammed said programme would serve as a turning point for the Amnesty delegates.

He said Technology Incubation Programme is an integrated support programme provided by the governments, academic institutions and the private sector, either individually or in partnership, with the intention of creating and nurturing budding value-added and technology-based enterprise.

Mohammed said it is aimed at making Nigeria a technologically competitive nation through the commercialisation and other innovative efforts using technology incubation as tool.