Experts have urged the Federal Government and research institutes in the country to take advantage of indigenous Research and Development (R&D) outcomes for commercial purposes in 2013.
The experts, who made the call in an interview with newsmen in Abuja, said it was high time research results were taken off the shelves of research institutes and implemented for commercial purposes.
One of the experts, a cowpea breeder at the Institute for Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Prof Mohamed Faguji Ishaku, decried a situation whereby researchers worked hard to carry out researches only for the studies to be dumped on remote shelves.
Ishaku said there was need for government to put in place necessary polices that would encourage the implementation of the results of the research and make them commercially viable projects. · “You know government also funds these researches, but government has another responsibility to come up with polices that will make it easy for these technologies to be deployed because they are for the overall enhancement of the livelihood of our people and make the country richer.
“So, necessary policies must be not only generated but must be implemented to the letter so that these technologies are taken out of the shelves of research institutes and then put into money-making ventures.
“If these policies are not there, they may not allow the adoption of these technologies; and until and unless we look at our policies, review them and target them towards enhancing the adoption of our local technologies, we shall continue to have a gap.’’ He also called for the review of available research results to ensure that those with greater potentials were implemented.
“We need to re-examine the relevance of a number of things which may have a far-reaching effect on the adoption of technologies that could revolutionise the economy of our country. It has to be in a holistic way. “We have to come as a nation to holistically view the potentials of our different technologies and the inputs that require them to be deployed effectively.
“At the end of it all, we are going to reap bigger profits as a country and the well-being of our people will be improved much more than it is right now.’’ . Also speaking with newsmen, the Director-General, Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI), Prof Danladi
Matawal, said unless Nigeria took advantage of the results of its researches commercially, it would be difficult for the country to stop importing finished products. Matawal said the commercialisation of research results would create job opportunities and create wealth for the citizens.
He stressed the need for industries to support research activities in the country through the commercialisation of the outcomes of such research findings.
“You can only make headway through sponsorship of research, emphasies on science, technology and innovation. In some countries, policies are guided by science and technology.
“But in this country, you have to struggle to make yourself relevant. We must all try to pursue collaboration with industries aggressively, so that we can meet with industries and show them the results of our research and development. We also need investors to key into the research results for commercialisation.’’
Another researcher, Mr Adewale Solomon, also called for proper linkage between researchers and the end-users.
Solomon said the barriers to the commercialisation of such research findings existed because most of the stakeholders, especially the end-users, were not carried along in the course of the research.
He said while it was important to conduct researches, the researcher should endeavour to carry all the relevant stakeholders along while also ensuring that such research would attract the interest of investors.
Estate Surveyors Reject Housing Deficit Report
The Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) has disagreed with the report of housing deficit in Nigeria, insisting that there is no proof to justify the report.
The institution also corroborated the assertion of the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, that Nigeria does not have a 17 million housing deficit.
A recent report had indicated that there are 17 million housing deficit in Nigeria.
President of NIESV, Emma OkasWike, who faulted the report in an interaction with newsmen, Monday, said the body was in full agreement with the minister’s statement and position on the matter.
“We are in total agreement with the minister on the unreliability of the 17 million housing deficit being brandished in Nigeria for lacking scientific proof.
“We are using this opportunity to reaffirm the importance of data bank and our commitment to the provision of a property data bank for all state capitals and major cities in Nigeria”, NIESV president said.
Wike, however, agreed that there are more demands in housing sector due to mass movement from rural areas to urban centres, adding that when demand exceeds supply, there will be scarcity.
He said that the solution to the problem lies in having accurate data of empty houses in the cities, which could assist in further planning.
The NIESV president hinted that his institution had been challenged to come up with accurate data on the housing issue, pointing out that such data would help solving the housing problem.
“We have laws in this country, and law is not the problem; it is not enough to say repeal the law, but the implementation is the problem.
“The communities fighting over land, resulted in enacting the Land Use Act, and every section of the Land Use Act has been interpreted by the Supreme Court. The administration of the law is the problem we have in this country, but not the law perse”, he said.
By: Corlins Walter
FG To Shut Ikorodu Terminal Over Explosive Overtime Cargoes
Strong indications have emerged that the Federal Government may shut down the Ikorodu Lighter Terminal in Lagos over the recent alarm raised by the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) on some explosive overtime cargoes.
Members of the Governing Board, NPA, had recently expressed worries over some overtime cargoes that have been abandoned for over 44 years at the facility, even as they called on management of the Nigeria Customs Service to expedite actions to evacuate some of the detained consignments.
Speaking with our correspondent recently on the next line of actions by the NPA Board in furtherance to the evacuation of the dangerous cargoes, one of the board members, Hon. Ghazali Mohammed Mijinyawa, said government might shut down the facility due to high risk involved.
The board member reiterated that the explosive cargoes pose serious threat to the facility and the nation, adding that it would be wise for government to shut down the terminal and give rooms for the evacuation of such items.
According to him, the executive board of NPA will hold a retreat to determine the next line of actions on Ikorodu Lighter Terminal in Lagos.
“The executive management would have a retreat and I wouldn’t tell you what the retreat is all about but in two weeks time, we are going to shut the port terminal at Ikorodu and that is what we are going to do”, he reaffirmed.
On the issue of revoking the licenses of some terminal operators, Mijinyawa said plans were afoot to review the port concession agreement in order to be fair to all parties involved in the process of renewal.
Mijinyawa who is also the chairman, Seaport Concession, NPA, pointed out that the terminal operators had testified that NPA was committed to the concession agreement and would further ensure fair play to all parties involved in the renewal process.
He said, “We have to sit down and have a review of everything and of course if there are those worthy of renewal we just have to give them that opportunity but for the ones that have defaulted, it is better you find out why they default before any necessary actions because you just have to strike a balance.
“It’s not a matter of I am not going to renew the agreement but to find out why are they not functioning properly. Is it because of the Covid? Is it the NPA defaulting? Is it them defaulting? So, you just have to go through the documents and see for yourself before you make a judgment of that; so that we can be fair to all parties”.
According to him, the terminal operators appreciated the efforts of the NPA on the working relationship between stakeholders as against the backdrop of port operations since 2006.
By: NkpemenyieMcdominic, Lagos
CBN Not Supporting Solid Minerals Dev – Minister
The Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, DrUche Ogah, has alleged that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has not been supporting the development of the mines and solid mineral sector in the country.
The minister made the allegation at a two-day public hearing organised by the Senate Committee on Solid Minerals, Mines, Steel Development and Metallurgy.
The forum was aimed at getting inputs of stakeholders to the contents of four bills on how to achieve rapid development of the solid minerals sector.
The bills are Nigerian Minerals Development Corporation Establishment Bill 2021, Solid Minerals Producing Areas Development Commission Establishment Bill 2021, Institute of Bitumen Management Establishment Bill 2021, and the Explosive Act 1964 Repeal and Re-enactment Bill 2021.
The panel is also expected to investigate the loss of $9 billion annually due to illegal mining and smuggling of gold.
Ogah said, “It is unfortunate that the Central Bank of Nigeria did not believe in us. If they believe in us, if they support us the way they are supporting agriculture, we will do wonders for this country.
“This is one ministry that is untapped, that is unknown, that can change the landscape of our revenue.”
The minister said there was need to support research for growth of the sector.
According to him, “Equally, we need to ask the Ministry of Finance to speed up the export policy on solid minerals because that is the only way to have operators into the sector”.
Ogah urged citizens to be involved in checking the activities of intruders in the mining sub-sector.
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