In line with the renewed hope agenda of the present administration, the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) is consummating a tripartite inter-governmental relationship with the Republic of Romania and Swedish Government on technology development in Nigeria.
(L-R) Simon Naoun MD COPS Nig.Ltd, Ag. DG NOTAP Dr. Mrs. Idoreyin Imiyoho, Hon. Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology Chief Uche Nnaji, Mr. Joseph Abi Saab Executive Director COPS Nig.Ltd and Mr. Said Ahmed of NOTAP during a NOTAP led courtesy visit to the minister at the ministry headquarters in Abuja.
Speaking when the Ag. Director General of NOTAP, Dr. Mrs. Idoreyin Imiyoho led the duo of the Managing Director of COPS Nigeria limited, Mr. Simon Naoun and the Executive Director Mr. Joseph Abi Saab on a courtesy visit to the Hon. Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology, Chief Geoffrey Uche Nnaji, the Ag. NOTAP boss said that NOTAP was established to regulate the inflow of foreign technology into the country but also has the responsibility of encouraging the development of locally motivated technologies.
She revealed that over 90% of technologies utilized in all sectors of the Nigerian economy were foreign and for a country that is desirous of becoming a major player in the global technology space, the situation was unacceptable, hence the encouragement of indigenous technological capabilities.
Mrs. Imiyoho asserted that what distinguishes developed from developing nations was technology and since technology is a product of research, NOTAP evolved some strategic programmes and projects aimed at encouraging Nigerian researchers to undertake demand-driven researches rather than the conventional research for the purposes of carrier progression.
The Ag. NOTAP boss said that one of such programmes was the establishment of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Offices (IPTTOs) in some Nigerian knowledge institutions across the geo-political zones of the country. She noted that the aim was to create awareness on the importance of Intellectual Property (IP) to the economic sustainability of the nation.
She expressed joy over the partnership that is about to be entered into with COPS Nigeria Ltd, adding that no agency or government succeeds without comparing notes or sharing ideas with others.
The Hon. Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology was highly elated about the visit and partnership that will lead to a high-profile technology investment in the country. He commended NOTAP for the foresight and expressed the Ministry’s full support for the partnership.
In the same vein, the Managing Director of COPS Nigerian limited Mr. Simon Naoun said that Nigeria is their choice investment destination and are willing to provide expertise in Drone technology with an assembling plant in Nigeria, Satellite development, Scientific education tools, as well as a total investment in Research and Development (R&D).