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Senate asks FG to effect 1% remittance into NASENI Account annually 

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Senate asks FG to effect 1% remittance into NASENI Account annually

The Senate has asked the Federal  Government of Nigeria to ensure remittance of 1% from federation account into the coffers of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure ( NASENI) in line with the extant laws with effect from September this year.
The fortune came for NASENI when its Executive Vice Chairman, Professor Mohammed Sani Haruna made submissions on revenue projections of the agency for the 2021 budget before the Senate’s joint Committee on Finance and National Planning .
Professor Haruna in his presentation lamented that the agency had never received 1% remittance from the federation account as provided for by the 2004 National Assembly  Acts .

The Act according to him, stipulates that NASENI shall draw from the federation account, 1% revenue accruing to the the Federal Treasury beginning from year 2000 yet the agency had never received a dime from the federation account as stipulated by the law .

Prompted by the presentation, the joint committee led by Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola (APC Lagos West) asked the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) Ahmed Idris, to commence the disbursement of 1% allocation from the federation account into the covers for NASENI from September this year.

“The Act setting up NASENI was the Act of the National Assembly and the Accountant General of the Federation could not be allowed to flout the law .
“Therefore , since the AGF is here , please ensure that the executive starts implementation of the law from September this year because NASENI has potentials to develop and industrialise the Nigerian economy through the core mandates given to it by the extant laws” , he said .

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Minister advocates increased funding for science and technology

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For Nigeria catch up with the advanced nations of the world it has to increase its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI), the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has declared.

Dr. Onu made the call at the Innovation fellowship for Aspiring Inventors and Researchers Fair organised by the Israeli Embassy in Nigeria in collaboration with the Office of the Vice-President of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday.

Onu cited the State of Israel as ‘’among the top countries in Science, Technology, and Innovation because it spends over 4% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on STI’’.

While commending Israel’s strides in innovation and entrepreneurship, the minister said the National Board for Technology Incubation of the ministry is making substantial progress in assisting start-ups to incubate their ideas.

In his key-note address, Vice-President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo said Nigeria must accord priority to science and technology in all sectors of the economy.

Osinbajo, who was represented by Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Ade Ipaye said the inputs of Science and Technology was a life-saver during the pandemic. Despite the imperfection of our Healthcare system, it was able to minimize the negative impact of the pandemic, he added.

He indicated that the Economic Sustainability plan fund was disbursed to more than 100,000 beneficiaries.

According to him, the Federal Government has begun solar power electricity that would benefit 25 million Nigerians.

Prof. Osinbajo who described Israel as a nation known for its cutting edge innovations said Israel ranked as the second most innovative country in the world.

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‘Innovators, inventors, others, key drivers to Nigeria’s economic prosperity’

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Director-General, National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) Dr. DanAzumi Mohammed Ibrahim has indicated that innovators, inventors, and researchers are the key drivers to Nigeria’s economic prosperity.

He said the development of the country rests on every Nigerian irrespective of tribe and language as he urged them not to be under any illusion that somebody from another country would come and develop their country for them.

Ibrahim disclosed this at a one-day Stakeholders Forum on Promotion and Commercialisation of Research &Development Results, themed “Promoting Indigenous Inventions and Innovations for Economic Diversification and Sustainable Growth” organized by NOTAP on Tuesday in Abuja.

The DG added that the aim of the programme is to provide opportunity for indigenous innovators and inventors to interact with one another, share experiences, and where possible showcase some of their innovations for Nigerians to appreciate.

He maintained that the demarcation between developed and developing nations is the ability of the developed nations to spend heavily on research which he said make them very vibrant resulting in the development of technologies to improve the quality of life of their citizens.

He said: “It is an opportunity for us as NOTAP to continue on our struggle to see how our innovations and inventions will eventually translate into products and services and that is what in our strong belief would catapult Nigeria into economic prosperity.

“Nigerian innovators and inventors now have a platform, they have come together, they have formed an association and I am happy to say that NOTAP would continue to give them the necessary assistance to realize their dreams.

“We should appreciate by the development of this country squarely rest on us all Nigerians; it should not be under any illusion that somebody from another sphere or somebody from another country will come and develop our own country.

“So, it squarely rests on us, we have responsibilities and since it is technology that is ruling the world now, our inventors, innovators, and researchers must be encouraged because these are the drivers of the economy, these are the drivers of the businesses, these are the drivers that will move our country to economic prosperity.

“NOTAP decides to gather them and also give some kind of training or workshop and make a few paper presentations that are key in translating research and development into products and services.

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Bauchi Gov commissions environmental science laboratory

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For a cleaner Bauchi state, Governor Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir has commissioned an Environmental Science Laboratory for testing of soil, plants, water and seedlings.

Commissioning the laboratory at BASEPA premises on Monday, Governor Muhammed directed BASEPA to utilised the laboratory maximally to the benefit of the people of the state, saying the equipment will highlight both existing and anticipated environmental problems across the 20 local government areas of the state.

According to him, it will also identify vulnerable groups, measure the magnitude of the problems, provide solutions in accordance with the best management practice and provide cost estimate for implementation of the proffered solutions.

“The environmental science laboratory we are commissioning today will serve as one-stop solution center for analysing and sample safe custody of samples gathered from the environmental scan”, the governor said.

“Conventionally, it is indeed apparent, the most alarming and worrisome environmental challenges confronting us are attributable to the negative attitude, especially at community levels”, he further explained.

Governor Bala said, in line with the foregoing, government is formulating favourable policies that will clearly outline and inform the citizens of the state about their roles and responsibilities in ensuring environmental cleanliness.

“The policies are not initiated to inconvenience any one. However, we deemed it necessary to involved any one of us to maximally contribute in the journey towards ensuing sustainable development”, the governor noted.

He said that the modern environmental science facility will serve as a reference centre for testing the quality of core environmental components which include water, soil and plants.

The governor who expressed delight over the feat said, ” this is a platform for enriching lives in the context of a well-protected environment hence, the aspiration of every progressing society”.

Bala who said his administration inherited unwholesome environment from the previous government, noted that so far, the state government has recorded gigantic improvement in waste management through construction of modern and durable waste collection centres.

Also speaking, the State Commissioner for Housing and Environment, Hamisu Muazu Shira who described the environmental science laboratory as the first of its kind in the state, assured Governor Bala Mohammed of the total support of the Ministry for effective implementation of his policies and programmes in the sector.

He said that the state government has released the sum of N28m for the construction of modern waste collection centers in the state.

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