The Executive Vice Chairman of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, Prof. Mohammad Haruna, has said the agency would soon develop a talent-harvesting scheme for inventors and innovators in the country.
He said gifted inventors with or without formal education would benefit from the scheme.
Haruna said the scheme was in line with the desire of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to support the overall transformation of science, technology and innovation ecosystem in Nigeria.
He said local inventors in developed nations of the world were critical mass of the human capital needed for socio-economic development.
He sought for collaboration with NASENI on over 40 inventions from its Institutes.
Haruna made the disclosures in Awka at the 2022 National Innovation Workshop on Promotion of Local Inventors, which was organised by the Senate Committee on Science and Technology.
He said, “The agency took deliberate interest in key areas of science and engineering development because any nation that aspires to attain socio-economic transformation must definitely invest in them in order to engender competition.
“In achieving this omnibus mandate in the STI ecosystem, the need for the promotion of local inventors becomes a necessity and a national mandate.
“Accordingly, NASENI is developing a talent-harvesting scheme specifically for the benefit of local inventors and innovators who may or may not have formal education but are gifted and have ability or initiative to fabricate real or prototype of useful devices or machines.”
The EVC also unfolded plans for local inventors and innovators in the country.
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