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A three man delegation from the European Union (EU) visited the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) to seek partnership in technology development.

The leader of the delegation, Augusto Gonzalez who is the Adviser, EU Satellite Navigation Programmes of the European Commission (EC) said they were in Nigeria to partner and exchange experiences on market development opportunities to grow their global programme; the Galileo and Egnos Satellite navigational signals.

He said the EU has identified Nigeria as an important nation in Africa and seeks to market Galileo and Egnos which are a constellation of 22 satellites in space that Nigeria can take advantage of as it is available to the general public free of charge and provides improved global positioning.

Mr. Gonzalez revealed that the satellites can be deployed to enhance safety in terms of disasters and emergencies and also enhance industrial development.

Satellites like the Galileo, he stressed, could be deployed for E-call technology which can automatically trigger to call for attention in case of an accident or emergency and the distressed car or vessel located within 10 minutes.

He revealed that the technology which has a high accuracy service would also be useful for the proposed self-driving vehicle revolution, Smartphone GPS and precision agriculture amongst others.

Receiving the delegation, NOTAP Management led by Dr. DanAzumi Mohammed Ibrahim, the Director General expressed appreciation to the visiting delegation for identifying with NOTAP.

He said as a technology transfer regulator, NOTAP registers all contracts and or agreements having effect in Nigeria entered into, for transfer of foreign technology to Nigerian parties.

He said NOTAP as a Federal Government agency is willing to partner with any organization as long as it is mutually beneficial to both parties. Likely areas of partnership being envisaged include training of Nigerians in space technology and study tours to the EU space center by Nigerians.

Other members of the EU delegation that visited NOTAP include Dominic Hayes, the Signals and Frequency Manager and Ibi Ikpoki, the Economic Officer, EU delegation, Abuja. The delegation had earlier visited a sister agency, the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) and Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd. (NigComsat).


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