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Scientists advises FG to strengthen agencies to achieve mandates



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By Perpetua Onuegbu


Abuja, May 31, Dr Chime Obodozie, a scientist has advised the Federal Government to strengthen its agencies to enable them to effectively carry out their mandates.

Obodizie, the Chief Executive Officer, Chime Foods, an entrepreneur in the National Board Technology Incubation (NBTI) Centre in Bauchi, gave the advice in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja on Thursday.

“What the government needs to do is to make the agencies strong is to provide them with all they need to carry out the duties for which they are established.

“We have the structures for example; the technology incubation centres across all the country under the National Board for Technology, an agency of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology.

“We need to make those structures strong, make them serve the purpose for which they were created in Nigeria, the structure of our basic amenities make it hard for our entrepreneurs to actually survive.

“You find out that we have the problem of light and power generation; it is hampering our entrepreneurs across the country, also the challenge of training and manpower development.

“So government should make our agencies work such that they become places where we can make use of existing structures and encourage the entrepreneurs.

“Like the issue of power, funding and manpower development, so I believe that we need to work on our commitment to entrepreneurs.’’

Obodozie, speaking on the science expo early in the year said that many entrepreneurs were not encouraged as funds were not made available for them to even transport themselves back to their bases.

He said apart from making the structures strong, government should also ensure that people that were committed to achieving goals set by government.

`We have the structures like Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO), we have research institutes all across the nation. It is one thing to do a research, and it is another commercialising the research.

FIIRO has machines they have fabricated but to transform these things and make them work for the betterment of the country, is another thing.

“If we have machines why are they not prototyped and brought out and sold as made in Nigerian products, if we have proposals of businesses to stop hunger, why are these proposals not implemented.

“So, I see FIIRO doing a good work the same goes for other research institutes across the country but all these have to be transformed to something that can be used by the end user.’’

The scientist said the country could get things right by implementing blueprints.

He also added that promoting the work of entrepreneurs using indigenous technology to solve the problems facing the nation was key, adding, “we need to look inward as Nigeria has a lot of potential’’.

Edited by: Gregory Mmaduakolam/Grace Yussuf

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