Augustine OkezieK, Katsina
The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) and the Katsina State Government has agreed to partner on engineering solutions that will help harness the state’s natural resources and create jobs for the youths.
Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State, who made the above disclosure shortly at the end of a strategic meeting with the top management of NASENI led by its executive vice chairman, Prof. Mohammed Sani Haruna, said the agency’s engagement was to ensure the deployment of their homegrown technologies to create jobs for the youths and also to harness the vast minerals resources and economic potentials of the state while keeping the youths busy and prevent them from taking to criminal activities.
According to the Governor, the first step in that direction was the agreement already reached between the state and NASENI to set up an Engineering Materials and Equipment Development Institute (EMEDI), with a different approach by engaging massively the youths in productive activities, thereby removing them from the streets.
The Institute, when established, will commence skills acquisition and Training targeted at harnessing silica raw materials found in common sand, which most States in Northern Nigeria have in abundant or commercial quantities.
An investigation by The Nation revealed that the state is reputable for its rich and abundant resources in Silica, a major raw material needed for the manufacturing of Solar cells, solar panels, and even glassware.
The Institute, when established, will commence skills acquisition and training targeted at harnessing silica raw materials found in common sand, which most States in Northern Nigeria have in abundant or commercial quantities.
Masari said “No nation or society can develop without investing in research and development of innovations. This particular feat was What China attained to move from an extremely poor nation to current global reckoning of economic advancements’’.
“I believe in Nigeria and Nigeria experts. I don’t want foreigners alone to provide the technical supports needed for the development of the State.
“That is why we have turned to NASENI for this critical need. And I know that the Agency can deliver looking through their track records of achievements some of which were presented earlier by the NASENI EVC.”
Meanwhile, the Chief Executive of NASENI, Professor, Prof. Mohammed Sani Haruna, called for increased funding of the agency, to ensure rapid industrialization of the country
Professor Haruna who made the call while visiting the Governor of Katsina state, also noted that the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has encouraged nations to look inwards to supplement their industrial needs.
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