NACETEM, NITT to Revolutionise Transport Sector with Technology, Innovation
Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo
The National Centre for Technology Management, Ile-Ife, Osun State, (NACETEM) and the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), have agreed to change the face of transport sector in Nigeria with cutting-edge knowledge in science, technology and innovation as part of the collaboration between them.
The heads of the two agencies unanimously agreed that a transport sector that is driven by STI would help to achieve sustainable and inclusive development and also make life easier in other sectors of the economy.
The Overseeing Director-General of NACETEM, Dr. John Akintayo Omimakinde, during a working visit yesterday to NITT, Zaria, emphasised the pivotal role of STI in development by submitting that “no nation can achieve sustainable development without appropriate deployment of science, technology and innovation to all sectors of the economy.”
Similarly, the Director-General of NITT, Dr. Bayero Salih Farah, expressed the view that “the transport sector is at the centre of any meaningful development in any nation because it is critical to all sectors of the economy.”
Farah commended the NACETEM for the swiftness with which they have approached the MOU between the two institutions and assured that the NITT would do everything possible to ensure that every component of the MOU would work.
Among the programmes to be rolled out after the review of the technical committee and subsequent approval of the two institutions’ governing councils are the National Innovation System Management and Transport Sector; Technological Entrepreneurship in Transport Sector; Fourth Industrial Revolution: Emerging Technologies in the Transport Sector, Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators in the Transport Sector, Strategic Digital Communication in Transport Sector, etc.
Besides trainings and workshops, the two institutions would also engage in joint research activities, particularly in the area of Technology Needs Assessment in the Transport Sector.