The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) has partnered the Defence Research and Development Bureau (DRDB) on science, technology and innovation to foster national growth and development.
Speaking to journalists on Tuesday in Abuja, Executive Vice Chairman NASENI Professor Maiwalima Mohammed Sani Haruna said, as a research and development organisation, “We need to work with other agencies especially a formidable one such as Defence Research and Development to move the nation forward.”
According to the EVC, lack of investment has made Nigeria to continuously import and look for foreign support on what the nation has capacity and competence for, saying “NASENI is hopeful because Mr. President has directed the Ministry of Finance, Budget and Planning to commence remittance of NASENI funds as well as Federal Inland Revenue Services.
“As we keep looking inward to manufacture what we need, consume and export more, this would enhance our capital project and in turn create jobs, reduce poverty as well as importation and achieve many more heights as a nation.”
He further said the collaboration would enhance economic and agricultural growth stretching out to every part of national sector.
Earlier, the Director General Defence Research and Development Bureau, Air Vice Marshall Ubrufih Peter Uzezi said the enormous achievements of NASENI attracted the management of DRDB to synergise with innovators, academics and industries especially in the area of engineering and innovation drive to enhance national development.