A new board was inaugurated for NASENI.
President Goodluck Jonathan has challenged the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) to support Nigerian businesses by producing made in Nigeria aircraft components, heavy duty trucks, tanks and tropicalised electric cars.
The President, who was speaking while inaugurating the Board of NASENI at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the agency could achieve this task by collaborating with the private sector.
Mr. Jonathan, who was represented by Vice President Namadi Sambo, also charged the agency to attract accelerated investment with good funding prospects, and upwards of 5,000 new businesses.
“We are inaugurating this Board today with great hope and expectation that the agency will facilitate and support Nigerian businesses so that they can deliver new ideas and technologies to our waiting market.
“In pursuit of this objective and in line with our transformation agenda, I expect that within the next few years, NASENI as an agency of technological advancement, will achieve the following: Made in Nigeria aircraft components in collaboration with the private sector; Manufacture heavy duty trucks, tanks and tropicalised electric cars; and the production of multi-purpose electric motors and generators, all here in our country,” he said.
President Jonathan further en-joined the agency to introduce large-scale practical innovations and make Nigerian businesses to be globally competitive.
“Indeed, innovation must be key to our competitive advantage, if we are to win in today’s challenging, knowledge-based global economy,” he said.
In his response, the Director General of NASENI, Muhammad Haruna, expressed gratitude to Mr. Jonathan for the appointment, pledging that the board would deliver on the President’s challenge.
The Members of the Governing Board, which is chaired by Mr. Jonathan, include the Ministers of Science and Technology, National Planning, Works, Agriculture, and Health; while Mr. Haruna serves as the Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the agency.
Some others members are Lamido Sanusi, the Central Bank Governor; Oyewale Tomori, President, Nigeria Academy Of Science; and Mustapha Shehu, President Nigerian Society Of Engineers.
Established in 1992, NASENI has the primary task of closing the missing link in the nation’s economic and technological development.
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