The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnnaya Onu on Thursday said Federal Government has established 42 technology transfer centres in order to encourage market-oriented research across the country
Dr Ogbonnnaya Onu announced this at the commemoration of the African Day for Technology and Intellectual Property in Abuja on Thursday.
The minister said the technology transfer centres, established through the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion, is a recognition that research should be driven by the needs of the industry rather than a mere academic pursuit.
The African Day for Technology and Intellectual Property that is commemorated on September 13 annually, aimed at encouraging nations on the continent to arouse the innovative spirit of Africans in order to facilitate home grown technology-based development.
Onu said the commemoration of the day set aside for technology by a resolution of the African Union indicated the great importance and imperative of science, technology and innovation to African nations.
Speaking on the theme: ‘Promoting science, technology and innovation culture and education in Nigeria’ at the event organised by NOTAP, the minister said that the agency had also helped individuals and corporate bodies to secure 142 patents for different innovations.
In a remark, the Director-General of NOTAP, Dr DanAzumi Ibrahim, said the celebration was an opportunity to enlighten the entire country on the need to be innovative and creative in all human endeavours.