1 December 2020 By Georgina Humphrey
The National Metallurgical Development Centre (NMDC) says it has the potential to industrialize the Country through global best practices in Research and Development if provided with the needed incentives to realize set goals.
The Director-General of the Centre, Prof Linus Asuquo stated this in Jos, at a three-day workshop organized by the Centre.
A statement signed by the Head, Press and Public Relations, NMDC, Sunny Eweama, says for a long time, little or no attention was given to key areas that saddle the boat of the economy.
The statement explains that in order for the Nigeria economy to favorably compete with developed economies, there is urgent need for more robust and sustainable investment in human capacity building which is a key factor in driving other factors for rapid economic growth.’
It adds that the need for adequate budgetary allocation to research institutions cannot be overemphasized considering the role of research in national economic development.
It calls on the National Assembly to allocate more funds to research considering the pivotal role it plays in the growth of any given economy.
The statement therefore encourages staff to take advantage of the training to enhance their knowledge especially in the dynamism of modern technology for better service delivery.
It stresses that the Essence of the training was in response to President Mohammadu Buhari’s Economic Diversification Policy, particularly on the emphasis laid on Mining and Steel Sector.
“it is imperative to train and re-train members of staff in NMDC, so as to imbibe the right attitude to work which will eventually improve productivity.”
The Director of Finance and Human Resources Management, Dr Abubakar Tumi charged participants to embrace the Training with passion in order to get the best from the resource persons.
He commended the Director General for reviving the infrastructure at the Centre while building the capacity of staff for optimal service delivery.