NASENI to establish talent-harvesting scheme for inventors, innovators
The Executive Vice Chairman of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), Prof. Mohammad Sani Haruna, yesterday, said that the agency would soon develop a talent-harvesting scheme for inventors and innovators in the country.
He said that gifted inventors with or without formal education will benefit from the scheme, saying the scheme is in line with the desire of President Muhammadu Buhari to support the overall transformation of the Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) ecosystem in Nigeria.
Haruna, who said this in Awka at the 2022 National Innovation Workshop on Promotion of Local Inventors, which was organised by the Senate Committee on Science and Technology, sought for collaboration with NASENI on over 40 inventions from its institutes.
He said: “The agency took a deliberate interest in key areas of science and engineering development because any nation that aspires to attain socio-economic transformation must definitely invest in them to engender competition.
“Accordingly, NASENI is developing a talent harvesting scheme specifically for the benefit of local inventors and innovators, who may or may not have formal education, but are gifted and have the ability or initiative to fabricate real or prototype of useful devices or machines.”
The EVC also unfolded plans for local inventors and innovators in the country. He added: “The local inventors in developed nations of the world are a critical mass of the human capital that is comprehensively harnessed for overall socio-economic development of countries.”
Haruna asked local inventors to feel free to engage with NASENI
“We are open to collaborations, partnerships, joint ventures, and synergy with local inventors and innovators.
“Our institutes are well equipped with facilities and human capital requirements to support the local inventors. The outcomes of this workshop will be very useful in shaping our national STI ecosystem. “ He listed areas of engagement with local inventors, including over 40 inventions by the agency.