The Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Ltd. and the Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna has entered into collaboration with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the view to strengthening technological innovations in the country by ensuring that all technological products are duly registered in Nigeria and at the international level before it reaches the market following several breakthroughs the country has achieved in technological innovations.
Abimbola Alale, managing director, Chief Executive Officer, NIGCOMSAT Ltd also said the collaboration is aimed at ensuring that the two government agencies reached out to customers with their products.
While welcoming the Vice Chancellor, Professor Bala Abdullahi at the Ground Control Centre in Abuja, Alale, said that all technology innovations should be registered through the relevant regulatory bodies believing that if scientific research and technological products are duly registered, the country can claim ownership of such products and make money from it.
She noted that FUT Minna, has distinguished itself in research innovations having won many grants and recognitions at the global and national levels.
Alale believes that NIGCOMSAT products and services like Staff Attendance And Control System (SAACS), ‘Internet of thing’, Internet Services, e-voting, etc are very much available to impact positively place the country at par with other technology driven economy emphasising that the collaboration will further be opened to the academic community.
In his remark, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Bala Abdullahi expressed happiness on the collaboration between his institution and NIGCOMSAT saying that FUT, Minna is doing its best to improve the quality of education in the country.
The Vice Chancellor also noted that the MoU is an opportunity for the two government agencies to leverage on what they are doing and ‘NIGCOMSAT is the right outlet to market research products’, the VC said.
In his contribution, the Executive Director, Technical Services, Engr. Kolawole Raji expressed optimism on the MoU and urged all parties to fully implement the terms and letters to encourage home grown technology in line with Executive order 003-005.
Also contributing, the Executive Director, Marketing and Business Development, Hon. Samson Osagie, urged the two agencies to be agents of change and commended those who proposed federal universities of technologies all over the country.
One of the highlights of the MoU is the establishment of an African Centre of Excellence mainly with the view for the academic exchange of post graduates.