ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIAN INVENTORS GETS NATIONAL SECRETARIAT IN LAGOS
The National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion, NOTAP, has given its office at number nineteen Kingsway Road, Lagos to members of Association of Nigerian Inventors, ANI, as its national secretariat.
The handing over ceremony in Abuja was an emotion laden event.
The legal adviser of NOTAP signed on behalf of the agency while the National President of ANI signed on behalf of the association.
Addressing the group, the Director General of NOTAP, Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim, represented by the Director Human Resources and Finance management, Mr. Samuel Eneanya, commended inventors for coming together as one saying that as a group, they can come up with greater ideas and government can easily attend to their needs.
He said Nigeria may have lagged behind in invention, because Science and Technology has not been given its right of place in the country.
The Director General disclosed that NOTAP has the mandate to facilitate the inflow of foreign technology to the country and promote the development of indigenous technology saying that the major problem militating against indigenous technology is ignorance since they do not have patent protection; this according to him, has robbed them of their products as other people steal them.
In his speech, the president of the association, Mr. Lawrence Nzenagu, said the handover of the National secretariat is a break for inventors in Nigeria.
He lamented Nigeria’s dependence on paper rather than creativity and ingenuity adding that time would come when inventors in Nigeria will be looked upon by the international world with a different view.
Mr. Nzenagu, said there are challenges in nation building which the association will tackle by putting the right people together to get innovators who are creative genuinely engaged creativity and not in politics.
He said that the federal government has put measures in place to assist inventions in the country but inventors are often limited by funding and acceptability, calling on state governments, politicians and organisations to assist genuine inventors to put in their best.