By Augustus Oche Ifenne
Abuja – The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has received the report of the Committee on Blue Print for Commercialization of Research and Development results in Nigeria.
The report was submitted to the Minister in his office by the Director General, National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Dr. Dan Azummi Ibrahim.
Receiving the report, the Minister said the committee was constituted with the view of ensuring that research findings remains important and relevant to the needs of Nigerians and should be market driven for national development.”
“Once the research findings are secured, investors would be confident in investing in nigerian’s products and services” Onu said.
Dr. Onu, further stated that the commercialization of products was not only limited to the Ministry’s research findings but also would be extended to all research institutions, universities, polytechnics, private and industrial research institutes in Nigeria.
He called on all researchers in the country to protect their intellectual properties by securing that their products through patency, put in more efforts in their research findings, and ensure that any research findings that deserve commercialization must receive adequate protection.
The Director of NOTAP, Dr. Dan Azummi Ibrahim had earlier said the Blue Print on Commercialization of Research and Development (R&D) Results in Nigeria was produced to serve as a guide and reference material for researchers and research institutions in the country and to facilitate the commercialization of their R&D results and innovative efforts.
In a related development, a delegation from the Computer Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN), led by its Chairman, Mr. Vincent Asu also paid a courtesy visit to the Minister in his office.
The Chairman of the council briefed the Minister that the Council was seeking for collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology to protect Nigerians from cyber threats and attack by ensuring that all cyber cafes in Nigeria register with CPN as specified in the cyber crime 2015 Act.
In his response, Dr. Onu assured the Council that the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology was willing to support and collaborate with them because the ministry needed CPN to realize her goal of ensuring that Nigeria efficiently and effectively utilizes the abundant human and natural resources and to ensure that the cyber crime Act 2015 was fully implemented for nation building.