By Sylvester Thompson
The Director General of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha, expressed confidence that the agency would progress and prosper after the inauguration of its new board members.
Mustapha made this known at the inaugural meeting of the new NABDA board in Abuja on Thursday.
NABDA’s 11-member council was part of 12 ministry councils and agency councils, inaugurated by the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu.
“It’s telling that these people come here to work, they come here to create synergy and promote the cause of biotechnology in the country.
“With these, it shows that NABDA has its second board of directors and that this board will continue where the previous one left off,” said the NABDA coxswain.
Mustapha observed that the new board members had a progressive spirit, with the belief that they would work together as a team to overcome and come up with solutions to the challenges of the agency.
He said that as a research institution, the agency’s main challenge was funding, expressing hope that with the new hands on board, the agency would rise to the challenge.
“When the funding is provided, researchers will be able to conduct research freely, deliver results and that will be an important step,” he said.
The CEO noted that the provision of resources would create an enabling environment, meaning that there would be equipment in their laboratories and training, which would propel the agency to greater heights.
He said what comes out of the agency’s lab will have a positive impact on the lives of ordinary Nigerians.
NABDA Board Chairman Clément Ebri said what they brought to the table was advancing the agency’s cause.
Represented by Chief Livinus Opuakpa, Member, South-South, Ebri said they were results-oriented people, hoping to surpass the achievements of previous board members by building on their achievements.
“We want to assure you that we do not take this task for granted. Our goal is to see what we will leave behind after our term in office and we are going to make sure we surpass the previous advice because we are progressive.
“If we can be on a par with them, it means we haven’t done anything. They’ve done so much that we have to build on that, ” Ebri said.
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