HMST COMMISSIONS NACETEM HEADQUARTERS COMPLEX – promises govt support

The Honourable Minister of Science and Technology, Professor Mohammed Ka’oje Abubakar has remarked that the National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM) is central to the activities of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology (FMST) to promote science and technology across the length and breadth of this nation.

The Minister made this remark at the commissioning ceremony of NACETEM new Headquarters Complex which is sited at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife on Thursday, 24th March, 2011.The event also had in attendance members of the National Assembly Committees on Science and Technology, the Permanent Secretary, FMST, Dr Dere Awosika, the Vice-Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Professor Michael Faborode, the Director-General National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, Professor O. O. Adewoye, the Director-General, Nigerian Natural Medicine Development Agency (NNMDA), Mr. T.F. Okujagu and other dignitaries.In his brief about NACETEM, the Director-General/CEO of NACETEM, Dr. Willie Siyanbola, who described the commissioning as significant in the history of the Centre, revealed that the dream of putting up a world class Headquarters Complex to provide a functional and conducive working environment for the Agency’s members of staff was conceived five years ago. This, he said, was to underscore the Agency’s vision to be an internationally recognised Centre of Excellence in science, technology and innovation (STI) management.

Highlighting the achievements of NACETEM in the last five years, Dr. Siyanbola pointed out that NACETEM had  increased in staff strength from 33 in 2005 to over 170 at the moment; established an office each in four of the nation’s six geo-political zones; completed a number of policy-oriented research projects, reports of which have been published as monographs; trained about 1500 middle-to-high level manpower from various sectors of the economy, among others. He also informed the audience that NACETEM had almost completed work on the review of the national policy on Science, Technology and Innovation, which the Agency is carrying out on behalf of the FMST.Professor Abubakar, in his address, expressed his delight at NACETEM’s ability to deliver on a project as huge as the review of the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy.

He commended the management and staff of NACETEM for the Centre’s achievements, and gave the assurance that approval for the North-East zonal office of the Agency would be given before the end of the year. He also assured the management of NACETEM that the Ministry would provide all necessary support for speedy completion of the remaining portion of the Centre’s building project before the end of the year.In his own speech, Professor Faborode disclosed that OAU had been the preferred location of many Agencies of the FMST. He further stated the institution’s readiness to accommodate more Agencies of the FMST within the university’s S&T Park.The commissioning which also featured the Centre’s public presentation of its monographs presented NACETEM the opportunity to exhibit its various research works.