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Business News of Friday, 3 November 2023


NASENI to mass produce technology solutions soon — EVC

Khalil Suleiman Halilu Khalil Suleiman Halilu

The Executive Vice Chairman of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, Mr Khalil Halilu has disclosed that the agency’s products and technologies will be available for households in the country in the next few years.

He stated that some tangible products emanating from NASENI’s prototypes will be in the market through technology transfer arrangements, specifically, by 1st quarter of 2024.

The EVC/CEO disclosed this on Thursday, during a television media interaction held at the Agency’s headquarters in Abuja.

In a statement, he said, “Expect some products from NASENI’s R&D efforts in Nigeria market during the first quarter of 2024.”

According to him, the era of stacking prototypes on shelves has ended in the agency, saying that all its products and technologies must find their way to the market.

Halilu stated, “We are going to do a national re-branding to have footsteps of NASENI products in every household in the country. In the next few years this is what Nigerians should expect. We are no longer going to sit back to watch endless research and prototypes, keeping them on the shelves.

“We will take them to the market so that Nigerians can consume them. In fact, one of our next year plans is to have NASENI Showrooms in key cities of the country. So NASENI products are not things you view only on televisions but anyone could walk into our product outlets to experience those technologies that we’ve been talking about. And that is another way we will be expecting the public to hold us accountable as part of the promises we made.”

The EVC/CEO noted that a lot of work had been done at the agency, with over 150 products at prototype level when he joined.

He added, “We are going to do this through technology transfer. Ever since we made the announcement to go into technology transfer particularly, especially the intention to have our products in the market, we have been receiving a lot of interest from private sector organisations looking out for our capacity, the spread and goodwill which we are endowed with being a government organisation and how they can partner with us.”

The EVC further stated that NASENI’s recent China trip has the potential to yield about $6bn in Foreign Direct Investment to the country.