The Nasarawa State Government has appealed to the Federal Government to ensure the full utilisation of the Lafia incubation Centre.
Hajia Fatu Sabo, Nasarawa State Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology made the call on Thursday in Abuja during a courtesy visit on Dr Mohammed Jibrin, Director-General of National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI).
According to the commissioner, the call became imperative given the importance of the Centre to promoting and developing local products to limelight.
Sabo explained that there were so many local products in the state ranging from soap, cassava flour, salt, mineral resources among others, with a lot of locals processing of these array of products using traditional methods.
The commissioner noted that the Centre if fully operational, would provide the local producers the platform and connect them with the markets to enable them excel.
She said that the Gov. Abdullahi Sule led administration had constructed the link road to the Centre and provided power generating set among other facilities to ensure its smooth running.
Sabo appealed to the board to provide all the needed manpower, equipment and other logistics for full utilisation of the Centre for the benefit of the entire country.
Responding, the DG and Chief Executive Officer of the board expressed gratitude to Nasarawa State Government for their support to the Centre.
He said that the board had concluded plans to ensure the Centre is put to use, to make it one of the most viable in the country.
The DG explained that their office’s mandate was to coordinate support from government and the private sector towards promoting local products.
“The board is supporting individuals and groups to convert their ideas into products, thereby developing the national economy.
“What we are witnessing in Nigeria today is not encouraging, that is why government came with up the initiative of incubating technologies for commercialisation within and outside the country.
“We are collaborating with the academia and research institutions towards converting their research ideas into products.
“We have a lot of researches from these institutions in technology, business among other areas that were being kept in the shelf,” the DG added.
He explained that the board was partnering institutions of learning, private sector and state governments with the view of articulating business plans and converting ideas to products for commercial purposes within and outside the country.
He assured the commissioner that the board would provide all the necessary manpower and equipment to ensure that the Centre begins manufacturing of different products.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)
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