As a way forward for the implementation of the existing Memorandum of Understanding between the Federal Republic of Nigeria (represented by the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure) and the Czech Republic (represented by the Czech Republic Agency for Technology, TA CR) in the Delta-2 Project, the Federal Government inaugurated a committee to carry out the evaluation of the submissions of Nigerian companies.
A statement said the assessment would ensure the successful launch of projects to start a process of fostering the growth and expansion of infrastructure, manufacturing and innovation in Nigeria, leading to Made-in-Nigeria technologies and products.
According to the Chairman of the Presidential Implementation Committee for Technology Transfer between Nigeria and the Czech Republic, Dr. Mohammed Dahiru, more than 200 Nigerian companies have so far applied to participate in the Delta-2 project, following the public call for proposals on May 18, 2022.
He revealed that the purpose of flagging the Federal Government’s ongoing technology transfer agreement with the Czech Republic was to diversify the Nigerian economy away from oil.
Speaking at the official launch of the committee in Abuja, the Chairman of the Presidential Implementation Committee on Technology/Information Exchange between Nigeria and the Czech Republic, Dr. Muhammed Dahiru, said that the committee’s terms of reference are the implementation instrument of the MoU between the two. countries that recognizes the fundamental and critical roles of the PIC and NASENI.
Inaugurating the committee, Executive Vice President/CEO of NASENI, Prof. Mohammed Sani Haruna, who is also co-chair of the presidential committee, recalled that the President, Major General, Muhammadu Buhari, on November 30, 2020, inaugurated the Presidential Committee Technology/Information Transfer Implementation. Exchange between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Czech Republic, noting that the three focal areas for the first phase of implementation by PICTT were agricultural equipment, machinery, production and processing; mining equipment, machinery, production and processing; and manufacturing in general, with an emphasis on micro, small and medium enterprises.
Haruna said that the Delta-2 program is TA CR’s cooperation model, which runs from 2020 to 2025 through which TACR sponsors apply research and innovation from manufacturing companies and innovative institutions.
“The Czech government has allocated CZK 250 million (CZK 250 million, roughly equivalent to $10.5 million) as a research fund on behalf of the FGN, which will be supplemented by NASENI with $10 million,” he said.
According to Haruna, 284 public proposals for the Delta-2 program have been submitted for evaluation, noting that the thematic areas of the proposals are agriculture with a total proposal of 78 (27.5%), mining and SMEs, mining 12 ( 4.2%). and SMEs 194 (86.3 percent).
Haruna therefore urged committee members to ensure that major projects leading to made-in-Nigeria technologies and products are selected from among the companies to transform Nigeria and accelerate the industrial revolution in the country.
Dahiru said that the inauguration of the Presidential Implementation Committee on Technology Transfer/Information Exchange between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Czech Republic, in December 2020, was in response to the need to implement an existing MoU between the Federal Republic of Nigeria (represented by NASENI) and the Czech Republic (represented by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, TA CR).