The Director General, National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion, NOTAP, Dr. Dan Azumi Mohammed Ibrahim has said that the agency saved Nigeria N79.69billion which would have gone out of the country as capital flight on technology importation.
Dr. Ibrahim made this known while briefing Journalists on the achievements of the agency in the last four years.
He said from 2015 to 2018, the total number of Technology Transfer Agreement NOTAP received was 1190 and 1050 representing 88.24 percent was registered which increased the revenue generation of the agency by over 50 percent from 322,138,500 naira in 2015 to 498,212,010 naira in 2018.
Dr Ibrahim noted that the locally developed software for the technology transfer registration that NOTAP embarked on in 2017 has reached 90 percent completion and the process will be fully automated by the end of this year.
“We realized that we had to improve in our service delivery, we have very few staff and more request are coming for registration. We are part and parcel of committee in the ease of doing business. So to meet up with our expectation we had to digitalise our process. We have reached 90 over percent it this automation process. It is our hope that by the end of this year, we will be fully automated.”
On the aspect of the Academia-Industry linkage, Dr Ibrahim said NOTAP instituted a project where private sectors were made to do a voluntary contribution as part of their corporate social responsibility.
He said that in 2015 when the scheme kick started, five companies provided scholarship to five qualified Nigerians to pursue PHD in various institutions in Nigeria to do researches based on the operation of the sponsoring company, and in 2018, additional ten candidates were selected and are being sponsored by more industries in Nigerian Universities.
Provision of research facilities were also other tasks that NOTAP encouraged the private sectors to indulge in under the scheme, and three chemical laboratories in three institutions were upgraded from 2016 to 2017
Dr Ibrahim also noted that between 2015 to date, six intellectual property and technology transfer office (IPTTOs) were established and commissioned in universities, polytechnics and research establishment across the country while additional four are about to be commissioned this year.
Other significant achievements recorded under the agency is the increase of patent Registration as a result of the assistance of the agency to researchers at no cost and the institution of local vendor policy in deploying Nigerians in the maintenance of foreign technologies to serve as income earner and a means of experience for the Nigerians to come up with their locally made own.
NOTAP also received an award as the most improved MDA in transparent service delivery in 2019 from the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC). This might have triggered the re-appointment of the Director General for a second tenure in the agency.
Dr Ibrahim made the commitment of consolidating on previous achievements and embarking on more beneficial projects that Will benefit the country in his second tenure.