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National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM) and National Office for Technology Acquisition

and Promotion (NOTAP) are set to collaborate to address issues on intellectual property in the course of implementing projects.

This is one of the decisions reached at the end of a three-day workshop on “Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators Survey and

Technology Audit of Selected Economic Sectors” held between May 13 and May 17 in Abuja.

The decisions are in a communique issued by Mr Isaac Oluyi , the Head of Public Relations Office of NACETEM to News Agency of Nigeria

on Thursday in Abuja.

According to the communique, all issues pertaining to intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, technology licensing, are

to be handled by both agencies in the course of implementing projects.

It added that stakeholders noted that Research and Development (R&D) commercialisation in Nigeria was still challenging, and

therefore, agreed that plausible solutions be encouraged through NACETEM, in collaboration with other organisations.

In line with this, it was also agreed that Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN),

NOTAP, Raw Material Research Development Council (RMRDC) and the private sector practitioners should collaborate.

Other decisions were that the last set of STI Indicators from NACETEM were not properly publicised and therefore the results from

the workshop should be well publicised.

On projects’ implementation, the private sector should be encouraged to contribute significantly to funding of R&D in Nigeria.

NACETEM should also collaborate with National Universities Commission (NUC) and ARCN for the success of this project.

Much of government-funded R&D in Nigeria was not covered, including Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF)-sponsored postgraduate research

studies abroad, self-sponsored PhDs research.

It was, therefore, agreed that provisions be made in questionnaire to ensure they were not exempted to provide holistic view of the status of R&D in the country.

On questionnaire design and administration, enumerators should be able to clearly explain the purpose of the survey to selected firms and institutions.

Each section of the questionnaire should begin with brief explanation on the information or data being requested.

When there are structured responses in the questionnaire, provision should be made for respondents to give more options other than the ones stated in the questionnaire.

In the section on barriers to innovation in the questionnaire, there should be questions to elicit information on organisational culture, as it can be a big factor on a

firm’s innovativeness.

The option of administering questionnaires electronically by email should be considered by NACETEM.

“NACETEM should consider reaching out to firms for data collection through associations and regulatory bodies such as

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Chambers of Commerce and Industry, etc.

“Meanwhile the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) should be approached to provide information on selected firms’ turnover

and R&D expenditure.

“National Planning Commission (NPC) should be approached to collect data on Non-governmental Organisations.”

The stakeholders noted that companies that had yet to be incorporated might not be willing to disclose their financial information,

especially their annual turnover, therefore NACETEM should consider giving a range of figures for them to select.

NACETEM should assure firms of the confidentiality of the information provided and ensure that the information was

utilised for national planning and policy making processes only and not for any other purposes.

More awareness and sensitisation should be created on the two projects for the surveys to be a success.

On Technology Audit, which was part of the workshop, the stakeholders said database was key, noting that

“there is the need for the nation to know what is available, what type of technologies we need, and what needs to be updated.

There is also the need to develop technology monitoring systems.

triple helix model or the Government-Industry-Academy model which is aimed at commercialisation of R&D.

“School curriculum should be upgraded to reflect new realities in terms of Nigeria’s technology needs and develop systems

for nurturing talents and provision of adequate reward systems.”

NACETEM is an agency of Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, responsible for providing critical knowledge support

in the area of science, technology and innovation management for sustainable development.

The recent NACETEM workshop was to measure Nigeria’s R&D performance and put quantifiable, empirical evidence as a country

and monitor progress so that the country could plan better.

It was also to develop indicators for the country to know its current state of research and development, science and technology

and also be able to benchmark targets.

The auditing aspect was to help the country to know the challenges it had in R&D, gaps, as well as promote indigenous technologies

and know the existing barriers.”

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