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NBTI DG inspects incubation facilities in Lafia, Makurdi

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Mr Mohammed Jibrin, Director-General (DG), of National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI), has embarked on inspection of facilities at Lafia and Makurdi incubation centres.

Mr Reuben Shagu, Head of Media and Public Relations, NBTI, made this known in a statement on Monday.

Shagu said Jibrin had on Friday, paid a post commissioning visit to Lafia centre and a pre-commissioning inspection visit to Makurdi centre on Saturday.

According to him, the purpose of the Lafia visit was to inspect the facilities that were commissioned in September 2019, in order to ascertain the level of operations and areas of improvements.

The media aide said the visits accorded the DG the opportunity to familiarise with the “areas that needed more attention and areas he felt entrepreneurs needed to be guided.

“Most especially, Jibrin hinted on the need to begin to train the entrepreneurs on how to write their own business personal plans.’’

The DG said if entrepreneurs wrote their own business plans by themselves, it will enable them know best methods of implementation, rather than have their business plans written by someone else.

He tasked the centre manager in charge of the Lafia technology incubation centre, to ensure things worked out well so that entrepreneurs could be up and doing in their businesses.

According to Shagu, Jibrin also inspected the incubation unit facility which enables entrepreneurs start a business, and also helps them nurture the business to grow and become competitive.

He said the DG also inspected the mechanical workshop, the laboratory and the electrical workshops, which were all well equipped according to global best practices.

“These workshops assist the entrepreneurs who do not have the money to go outside the centres to do what needs to be done, like analysis on the products they are to carry out, among others.

“The mechanical workshop is there for entrepreneurs who are into fabrication, who do not have some certain equipment that they can make use of in their fabrication.

“These equipment are there in the centre and they are availed the opportunity to use this equipment free of charge by the Federal Government,’’ he said in the statement.

The NBTI DG also urged staff of the centres to make judicious use of Federal Government’s investments in their respective centres.

The high point of the visit on Friday was a courtesy visit to Gov. Addullahi Sule of Nassarawa State.

Sule expressed appreciation over the visit by Jibrin and his team of Directors.

The governor expressed his government’s willingness to give maximum support to the technology incubation centre in Lafia for the benefit of his people.

The directors on the DG’s entourage were Dr John Oni, Director, Post Incubation and Extension Services and Mrs Hussaina Bakari, Deputy Director in charge of Operations, Shagu disclosed in the statement.

Edited By: Nyisom Fiyigon Dore

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NBTI woo investors, Nigerians at upcoming science expo

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Dr Mohammed Jibrin, Director-General of National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI), has called on investors, business people and Nigerians to  invest on products of NBTI entrepreneurs at the upcoming science expo in Abuja.

Jibrin made the call in a statement on Thursday in Abuja and signed by Reuben Shagu, Head of Media and Public Relations in the agency.

Jibrin said the NBTI’s stand at the science expo scheduled to take place from March 16 to March 20, shall be replete with array of products from NBTI entrepreneurs across the nation.

According to the statement, the expo which is an annual event hosted by the Ministry of Science and Technology, is aimed at showcasing the numerous potential in the country.

“The NBTI, as an agency of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology is empowered by the federal government to nurture entrepreneurs whose businesses are technologically inclined.

“Our technology incubation centres have facilities to assist these entrepreneurs produce goods and services that can help industrialise the country,’’ the statement read.

The statement also stated that the forth coming expo would showcase what the entrepreneurs from the incubation centres across the nation had in stock.

“We want people to come and see for themselves what our entrepreneurs have produced and how they can invest their money in these enterprises.

“We are positive there shall be investors who will be happy to invest their money in these ventures, which is why the NBTI was created,’’ the statement said.

The D-G also assured Nigerians that the country was geared towards industrialization; that the forthcoming expo shall showcase valuable products worth investing in.

Edited By: Donald Ugwu
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NBTI D-G advocates food processing industries in Benue

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Dr Mohammed Jibrin, Director-General, National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI), says a food processing  industries are required in Benue to harness the rich food products in the state for optimal gains.

Jibrin said this on Thursday in Abuja during a courtesy visit paid to him by Dr Oyiwona Godwin, the Commissioner, Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology in Benue.

The D-G said Benue as the food basket of the nation should be able to produce food to feed the country looking at the fertility of the place.

Jibrin said he had officially travelled to the state on several occasions and had used the opportunity to conduct a feasibility study on the number of thriving businesses there.

He observed that although there was abundance of food items, ranging from tubers of yam to fruits, the state sadly lacked food processing, packaging and marketing industries.

“ You can look at the value chain and see the number of direct and indirect labour that can be created.

“Benue products are supposed to fill our super markets here, so I think this is why we need to pay attention.

“We want to see people going to Benue to establish industries, for food processing and the state should be looking for more manpower.

“Because of the endowments of the state people are supposed to be travelling there looking for jobs not for people from Benue coming to Abuja,’’ he said.

Jibrin further stated that it should be a welcome development  to see retiring people from the service relocating to Benue to produce goods and services that would  add value to the economy.

He stressed that he was eager to see the lives of Benue people being uplifted.

According to him, as the State Ministry was into energy, there are ingenuities that the people can cross fertilise ideas.

He told the visitors that the incubation centre in Makurdi was ready for the commencement of operations, adding that regardless of  any encumbrances  the commissioning would take place soon.

“Let us get people to start working, packaging companies will come, processing companies will come, marketing companies will come,’’ he said.

The D-G said the board was ready to collaborate with the  Benue Government.

The official in the state’s ministry of Energy, Science and Technology,  had earlier said he was seeking government cooperation to enhance the Makurdi incubation centre.

He assured of the state’s readiness to work with the Federal Government to facilitate the take off of the centre.

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Donald Ugwu

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We have technologies that can bring immediate jobs — NBTI DG

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Mr Mohammed Jibrin, Director-General (DG) of National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI), says the board is ready to bring in technologies that will create immediate jobs to support hardworking and performing governors.

Jibrin said this on Monday in Abuja during a courtesy visit by Dr Aishatu Umar, Commissioner for Science, Technology and Innovation, Gombe state.

The DG said there were also other technologies which could be deployed to create wealth for the people which to him, formed the real political strategy of governance that should happen.

“People should be empowered; people should be happy, and productive. A situation should be created such that when one wakes up in the morning he will find a place to go,’’ he said.

Jibrin, who enumerated several ongoing projects in Gombe which were near completion, said he was happy to note that science, technology and innovation on agricultural activities specifically took place in the technology incubation centre.

He said the development was an added encouragement to the board because in 2016 it fabricated 10 threshers for threshing post harvest products in the premises of Ministry of Agric in Gombe.

He also said the threshers were distributed to cooperative groups and in total there were over 100 beneficiaries.

The DG disclosed that more were still demanded and he had sent a consultant to find out how the previous machines were utilised and he got the report that the people were happy.

Jibrin informed the visitors that he had recently posted a new and experienced centre manager to Gombe upon the recommendations of management.

He further said he wanted the Gombe centre to be more active, hence his advice to the new manager on the need to ensure stronger linkage to the state government.

The DG pledged collaborations with the Honorable commissioner in order to move the programme forward and to realise its aims and objectives.

Earlier, Dr Aishatu Umar, the Commissioner, said she came to solicit collaboration, synergy and technical advice from the NBTI.

She said one of the objectives and manifestos of Gombe governor as part of his drive for science and technology was establishment of technology incubation centres in each local government area in Gombe state.

“We have just commissioned an industrial park of over 10,000 hectares. You can see why we are here; and for it to be viable, technology incubation must be improved,’’ she said.

She added that the people of Gombe needed to be sensitised in order to facilitate the establishment of 11 incubation centres in the 11 local government areas of the state.

Edited By: Donald Ugwu

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NBTI signs MoU with Amnesty Programme to boost agricultural productivity

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The National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI) and the Presidential Amnesty Programme on Niger Delta on Tuesday signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to improve the quality and certification of Agricultural products of Amnesty beneficiaries.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr Bitrus Nabasu witnessed the signing of the MoU between the organisations in Abuja.

He said the purpose of the MoU was to add value and improve the security situation among delegates of Amnesty in Niger Delta region.

“NBTI had technology incubation centres across the country in which the board had trained youths which inturned become employers.

“The essence of creating the board is to train people who have invented technology to the level of popularisation and commercialisation,” Nabasu said.

He said the calm in Niger Delta was as a result of the effort of the Amnesty Programme.

Nabasu, however, called on the two organisations to take the MoU seriously as the country stands to benefit.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programmes , Mr Charles Dokunbo, who was represented by Mr Monima Alabraba commended the Ministry for accepting to collaborate with them to ensure that the Amnesty delegates are trained.

He said the delegates would be trained and empowered on food and comestic products registered with NAFDAC.

Alabraba said the use of the incubation centres by delegates was of immense support as it would aid the delegates to improve their expertise in their various areas of specialisation.

He said the legal department of both organisations together with NAFDAC desk unit worked to come up with the MoU, which would benefits the Amnesty delegates.

The Director General of NBTI, Mr Jibril Mohammed said programme would serve as a turning point for the Amnesty delegates.

He said Technology Incubation Programme was an integrated support programme provided by the governments, academic institutions and the private sector, either individually or in partnership, with the intention of creating and nurturing budding value-added and technology-based enterprise.

Edited by Felix Ajide

 

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Amnesty office partners NBTI to boost food production

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Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) is partnering with  National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI) to improve quality and certification of agricultural products of its beneficiaries to boost food production.

Mr Murphy Ganagana, Special Assistant on Media to the Coordinator, PAP,  Prof. Charles Dokubo disclosed this in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja.

According to Ganagana, this is sequel to an approval granted the Amnesty Programme by the Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, to use its incubation centres.

He said 23 technology incubation centres were allocated to Amnesty programme by NBTI for cluster manufacturing by beneficiaries of the Programme, who had been trained and empowered in the agriculture  and allied sector.

He added that this partnership would be beneficial to its candidates trained on production of rice, garri, plantain-flour, plantain-chips, chin-chin, smoked fish, chicken, snail, fruit juice and cosmetics, among others.

“The centres will be used by beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme trained and empowered in the agricultural sector to produce their products for the purpose of obtaining NAFDAC registration numbers,” he said.

Ganagana said that NAFDAC approval of the beneficiaries’ products would enhance quality and acceptability of the products in the market.

He further said that these 23 NBTI technology incubation centres were located in Edo, Abia, Imo, Ondo, Rivers, Cross Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Delta states.

“Apart from the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the NBTI, the Amnesty Programme Small Business Support Desk will ensure that all graduates of its vocational training centres trained on production of NAFDAC regulated products are registered for safety, efficacy, distribution and sale of their products.

“The desk will foster greater understanding of NAFDAC registration procedures and also serve as  point of enquiry for clients on regulatory issues.

“It will also assist in conducting good manufacturing practice inspection of factories to ensure that products are produced in accordance with international standards,” he said.

 

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NBTI stresses importance of training in fabrication, welding

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Abuja, April 16, 2019 Mr Reuben Shagu, the Head of Media and Publicity, National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI) has stressed the need for training in the fabrication of agro allied products in the country to move the sector forward.

He said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday.

He explained that with improved training, which could be done either in the country or abroad, the agro allied sector would be developed, as Nigerians would learn more on how to fabricate many items that the country currently import.

He added that the country would consequently be at par with other countries in terms of fabrication and become independent in agro allied machineries.

Meanwhile, Mr Kamilu Yahaya, an entrepreneur with the board, told NNN that he was trained by a Turkish company called Inokstek in algon welding.

He said that algon welding is an advanced technology that does not leave any sign of joining on welded material.

Yahaya, an entrepreneur under the Kano State Technology Incubation Centre, who said he now manages an engineering services company, added that he went through a one-month specialised training on fabrication of angro allied machines in Turkey.

He said the experience was rewarding as it afforded him the opportunity to acquire higher knowledge in his area of specialisation.

He noted that “following the training, I am now Turkey’s training representative in Nigeria and I can now train other entrepreneurs on this technology.

“It is a very good development for the country and for NBTI because now our local fabrication would also have perfect finishing instead of the sharp edges that was usually the case.”

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NBTI creating opportunities for Nigerians to generate wealth – Board Chairman

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NBTI creating opportunities for Nigerians to generate wealth – Board Chairman

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Abuja, Aug. 8, 2018 The Governing Board of the National Board for Technology incubation (NBTI) said on Wednesday that the agency has been creating opportunities for many Nigerians to generate wealth.

Mr Bitrus Nabasu, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology, who is also the Chairman of the governing board of NBTI, said this at the maiden meeting of the board with the management and union leaders.

According to him, creating jobs is what science and technology is all about, and if the agency works without strikes by the unions the country will be the better for it.

Nabasu said the management and the union leaders had given the board the assurance that they would work together with the board to move the agency forward.

He said the board would do its best to meet up with demands and agitations of the unions, saying that demands that were beyond the board would be forwarded to the appropriate quarters.

”There is no problem that has no solution, they have given us as board members a long list of demands, those we can do, we will do, and those we cannot we take to the appropriate quarters.

“What is not within our powers we take to the appropriate quarters but I am assuring you that this board will be sensitive and responsive to the demands of the unions.

“It may not be 100 per cent but we will try to bring them closer to us, let them also forgo some of the demands that cannot be met.

He stressed that all hands must be on deck to move the agency forward as the board was key to the ministry achieving its mandate in fast-tracking socio-economic development of the country.

Dr Mohammed Jubrin, Director-General, NBTI, said both the board, management and the union had agreed to work together as well as put the interest of the agency first in view of the mandate which was aimed at boosting the industry development of the country through harnessing of all research and development results and other innovative efforts for commercialisation.

He promised to run an open administration free of intimidation, carry everyone along and guarantee the fundamental rights of all the staff of NBTI.

Jubrin said NBTI would improve with the composition of the board which has 14 members who represented important institutions of the board’s stakeholders.

Mr Adolphus Ugwu, Branch Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Research Institutions (ASURI) said the union’s demand centres on the structure of the board.

He said the bill establishing the board had not been passed and this was a major concern for the union.

According to him, since the establishment of the NBTI over 15 years, this makes the organisation stand as a house without foundation.

“We are urging our management to see how they can push and make this bill to be passed and signed into law.

“Also the issue of working materials, we don’t have a building of our own, no tables, chairs, there is a purpose for establishing NBTI and we want that purpose to be actualised.

He added that the incubation centres were without facilities and some centre managers had out lived their usefulness.

He, however, said that the union had agreed to give the board the benefit of doubt and suspend its agitation to move agency forward.

NAN recalls that the Academic Staff Union of Research Institutions (ASURI) had gone on strike on June 4 demanding for the bill establishing the agency to be passed into law, among others demands.

The NBTI branch of ASURI, had also embarked another warning strike after it called off its national body’s strike agitating against the reappointment of the director-general of the board, Dr Mohammed Jubrin.

The union, however, suspended the strike on July 29.

Edited by: Felix Ajide

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FG appoints Acting D-G to oversee NBTI

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The Federal Government has appointed, Mr Akinwumi Somefun, as the Acting Director- General to oversee the National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI).

A statement by NBTI’s Head of Media and Publicity, Mr Reuben Shagu on Thursday in Abuja announced the appointment.

Shagu said Somefun’s appointment followed the expiration of the tenure of the immediate past Director-General of NBTI, Dr Mohammed Jibrin.

He said that Jubrin assumed office in 2014 and completed his four years tenure on April 8.

He said Somefun’s appointment, which took effect from April 30, was approved by Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, the Minister of Science and Technology.

Shagu said the letter of appointment had been communicated to Somefun via a circular letter issued by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).

Somefun, until appointment was the director in charge of the commercial department at the headquarters of NBTI.

He was at a time, NBTI’s centre manager in charge of the Technology Incubation Centre, Lagos, where he contributed to the commercialisation of research and development, inventions and other innovative efforts.

He was instrumental to the increased number of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises in Lagos State and contributed to the economic development of Lagos State and Nigeria at large.

Somefun was born on Dec. 15, 1964 and hails from Agege in Lagos State.

He holds a BL, LLB, PGD (Technology Management), MBA and BSc in Finance from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

He is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria among other professional qualifications.

Edited by: Kevin Okunzuwa/Grace Yussuf

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NBTI wants public enlightenment on harmful effects of chemical fertilisers

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Prof. Mohammed Jubrin, the Director-General, National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI), on Thursday called for the education of citizens on the harmful effects of chemical fertiliser on their health.

Jubrin made this call in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja.

According to him, most Nigerians do not know the adverse effects that chemical fertilisers can have on the body because of its chemical contents.

“Many Nigerians are used to importing chemical fertilisers and the product has a lot of negative effects.

“We need to educate them to use the traditional fertiliser that is the organic fertiliser based on natural waste. We need to educate them to appreciate the advantages of using organic fertilisers.

“Organic fertilisers are very good because they are got from natural waste products generated from the environment and converted to useful agricultural inputs.

“They do not have any side effects unlike the chemical fertilisers that help you grow food but create health issues that can lead to death or disabilities.

“So, efforts must be made to create awareness on health hazards.’’

The NBTI boss said the use of organic fertiliser should be encouraged as the materials were easily sourced from the environment and readily available.

“In most of our technology incubation centres, some of our entrepreneurs produce organic fertilisers and many farmers that use them attest to their efficacy.

“Apart from being readily available and healthy, it is also cheap and packaged in different sizes with affordable prices, for both individual and industrial use.

Jubrin called for the sensitisation of all Nigerians, especially farmers, to the use of organic fertiliser, which  would encourage local content.

He added that it would empower more youths that were engaged in its production.

Edited by: Oluyinka Fadare/Chukwudi Ekezie

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