The Executive Vice Chairman of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure NASENI, Prof Mohammed Sani Haruna says the solution to the present security and economic challenges confronting the country is to build a manufacturing based economy to engage the teeming youths.
He made this known while declaring open the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, NASU regular meeting of the Research and Projects Trade Group Council in Abuja.
A statement by the Assisant Chief Information Officer of the Agency, Mrs Chinyere Ekwuazi says countries that had recorded economic growth did it through creativity, intellectual knowledge and technical know-how.
The statement notes that developed countries have no natural resources but evolved into enviable economies through investment in research and development of talents of their citizens, creative ingenuities and technical know-how.
It expresses hope that the NASU meeting will proffer solutions to insecurity, lack of infrastructure and poverty eradication.
According to the statement, materials for construction of roads, building of infrastructure are based on technical know-how.
“We can eradicate poverty if we look beyond our natural resources and work with research and development institutions but NASENI cannot do it alone, we need collaboration with allied institutions” he added.
Accirding to the statement, the solution to all the problems facing Nigeria is in home-grown technology, integration and reverse engineering, stating that China was able to develop COVID 19 Vaccine because of their knowledge and technology.
It however urges NASU to continue to toe the path of peace in solving all disputes as it was the only way to get government to do more than what they promised as well as support research and developmental projects of their various institutions.
The statement says the Deputy President of NASU, Comrade Henry Okoyomon explained that the meeting would afford the Union opportunity to rub minds on topical issues bordering on welfare of members.
According to the statement Okoyomon describes the current insecurity challenge bedeviling the country as alarming and called on the Federal Government to take drastic measures in addressing the issue and other challenges such as
inadequate power supply, bad roads, and the imminent fuel subsidy removal amongst others.
In his welcome address, the Chairman of NASU, NASENI Branch, Comrade Tongshaka Nenfot Joel who highlighted the achievements of the Union explains that the hosting by the NASENI branch was another positive feather added to NASENI as a body.