The Federal Government is to accord top priority to research findings so as to commercialize them for wealth creation.
Barrister Mohammed disclosed this, when he gave his keynote address at the training of Nigerian Researchers on Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and presentation of certificates and PhD Thesis organised by National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion(NOTAP)on Tuesday in Abuja.
The Minister also said that research institutes would be encouraged to collaborate with industries so as to promote private-sector driven commercialization. It is only through this, he added, that wealth could be generated and employment be created for our teeming unemployed youths.
Barrister Abdullahi also said that the training workshop would help to increase the awareness of IPRs amongst the Researchers, increase their knowledge on the role of intellectual property as well as acquaint them with international best practices and methodologies for developing bankable research proposal.
He further said that Technology and Intellectual Property Systems have long been recognised to be among the foremost important factors in Nation building and wealth creation.
In his words ?? Ideas and knowledge are increasingly becoming important factors in international trade relations as codified in the trade related aspects of intellectual property ( TRIPS) under the World Trade Organization(WTO) agreement??.
The Minister also said that Industry Transfer Fellowship (NITTF) is another NOTAP?s imitative to build capacity of Nigerians in Technology development and transfer which he added is designed for industry to provide scholarship for Nigerian Scientists.
Barrister Abdullahi highlighted the role of intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) in knowledge transfer and commercialization which he emphasizes as very low amongst Nigerian researchers.
He commended the management of NOTAP for organizing such events which is geared towards national development.
Earlier, the Director General of NOTAP Dr. Danazumi Mohd Ibrahim said that 90% of Technology that are powered in Nigerian economy both in manufacturing sectors, banking sectors, health sectors etc are imported, adding that a nation that is striving to become economically dependent should not allow this to continue.
He further stressed the need for Nigerians to sensitize themselves, especially in the areas of Science, Technology and Innovation.
For: DD (Press and PR)