FG launched an intellectual property and technology transfer office at the University of Calabar
The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology has launched an intellectual property and technology transfer office at the University of Calabar, a project renovated and equipped by one of its agency the National Office for Technology Acquisition & Promotion (NOTAP), in Calabar.
The Honourable Minister of Science and Technology Dr Ogbonnaya Onu while commissioning the project stated that the project came at an appropriate time when Nigeria is experiencing recession in her economy.
He, stated that the project will solve the problem of technology transfer in our higher institutions in the country, where students will engage in intellectual exchange of ideas.
According to the Minister, the drop in prices of crude oil has given impetus to the development of this laudable project, stating that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to create employment, as well as wealth and job creation, and by this gesture is desirous to extend this goodwill to other Universities in Nigeria.
The Minister said that it is expected for the new office will “serve as a reference centre for scientific research and innovation for capacity building and assessment of research findings for analysis and training”.
Dr Onu implored the Management of the University to rise up and protect intellectual findings before investors can come in for transaction.
He urged the University management to employ science and technology as a veritable instrument to help diversify and strengthen the economy, as Nigeria has no other option than to engage itself in technological innovations as a viable road to follow.
He also commended the Director General of NOTAP, Dr Dan- Azumi Mohammed for creating a platform of social investment responsibility for young Nigerians in the University to engage in technology transfer and that the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology will continue to lend its support in that regard.
Chief Press Secretary to the Minister.