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The Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Ltd and the Federal University of Technology, Minna have entered into a collaboration with the view to strengthening technological innovation in the country by ensuring that all technological products are duly registered in Nigeria and at the international level before it reaches the market following the breakthrough the country has achieved.
The Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer, NIGCOMSAT Ltd, Abimbola Alale has said that the collaboration is aimed at reaching out to customers with researched products and services which ordinarily are domiciled in research laboratories’ shelves instead of the markets.
While welcoming the Vice Chancellor, Professor Bala Abdulahi at the ground control centre in Abuja, Abimbola said that all technological innovation should be registered through the relevant regulatory bodies, believing that if scientific research and technological products are duly registered, the country can claim ownership of such products and make money from it.
She noted that FUT, Minna has distinguished itself in research innovation, having won many grants and recognitions at the World Bank and the Nigerian Universities Commission in particular.
In his remark, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Bala Abdullahi was pleased with the collaboration between his institution and NIGCOMSAT saying that FUT, Minna is trying to improve the quality of education in the country.
The Vice Chancellor noted that the MoU is an opportunity for the two government agencies to leverage on what they are doing and ‘NIGCOMSAT is the right outlet to market research products’, he said.
In his contribution, the Executive Director, Technical services Engr. Kolawole Raji expressed optimism on the MoU and urged all parties to fully implement the terms and letters to encourage home grown technology in line with Executive order 003-005.
Also contributing, the Executive Director Hon. Samson Osagie urged the two agencies to be agents of change and commended those who proposed federal universities of technologies all over the country.
One of the highlights of the MoU is the establishment of an African Centre of Excellence mainly with the view of academic exchange of post graduates.