The National Agency for Science and Engineering infrastructure has commissioned its technology orientation centre (TOC) which will serve as a hub for gathering, displaying and assessment of innovation and products.
The centre is also to be used to determine the relevance of the innovations to the economy and design a path to adopt and infuse them into it.
While commissioning the centre in Abuja the Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonaya Onu expressed his confidence that the centre will play an important role in strengthening Nigeria’s onward march to a new dawn where science, technology and innovation will be the new driver of her development efforts.
“The Technology Orientation Centre will help Entrepreneurs, researchers and innovators gain greater access to the necessary process that will fast track the commercialization of research findings using indigenous technology. We can recreate the middle class, strengthen the Naira and secure a better future for Nigeria If we pay greater attention to innovation and vigorously pursue the conversion of research findings into viable goods and services” he said
In his speech the executive vice chairman of the Agency professor Sani Haruna appreciated the efforts of the federal government in motivating the agency and expressed the agency’s determination to apply and deploy science, technology and innovation for the socioeconomic development of Nigeria.
“The agency will put in place a programme for periodic assembly of Nigerians both at home and the Diaspora interested in the subject to not only determine the desirability and applicability of new and emerging technologies but develop prototype products and services meeting the needs and yearnings of the nation for self-reliance” he said.
Speaking at the event, the chairman senate committee on Science and Technology Professor Ajayi Borrowfice said funding the science and Technology sector becomes necessary so as to reduce the importation of goods into the country and promote locally produced goods.
The commissioned Technology Orientation Centre houses 700 collapsible seat capacity multipurpose auditorium, Multimedia facility, Exhibition hall, Virtual reality workstation, offices and car park among others.