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Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah: Government Should Encourage Nigerian Inventors by bomb24: 11:16am On Jan 25, 2022
RECENTLY, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Abuja, Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na’ Allah, called on the Federal Government to establish a mechanism for assessing Nigerian university professors to determine their contributions to the industry and national development.

Professor Na’Allah compared being a university professor with being conferred with a chieftaincy title whereby the professor may not do anything anymore afterwards.
At a different forum, while delivering a lecture at the second and third combined convocation ceremony of Mountain Top University, Ibafo, Ogun State, Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, was point-blank, raising the same issue Professor Na’Allah addressed at the University of Abuja.

Governor Abiodun challenged Nigerian researchers in tertiary institutions in the country to find lasting solutions to the myriad of challenges, such as climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, facing humanity.
Abiodun said the country is lagging behind when it comes to introducing disruptive technology.

But are Nigerians, whether in academia or outside the ivory towers, lacking in inventions and inventors? Does government encourage Nigerian inventors? Does government invest in, utilise, commercialise or expand on the inventions made, both by Nigerian professors and the not-too-educated? In the past year alone, a number of young Nigerians, including 17-year-old David Opateyibo, have built drones in which no government in Nigeria showed interest.
Some of those youths have since been snatched up by foreign countries. David Opateyibo is said to have been taken by a Finland-based company. We can also remember Jeremiah Abalaka, a surgeon-turned-immunologist, who insisted he developed a vaccine for HIV. Abalaka’s invention was so badly politicised that the man became frustrated and his invention died.

Why has a government, for instance, not turned the Ariaria Market and its ingenious artisans into an industrial hub? Because the government refused to make the local environment conducive for the commercialisation of the inventions by Nigerians, the inventors have continued to take their talents to Europe, America, and other foreign countries where they are valued. Today, in the USA, hundreds of patents for technological inventions are held by Nigerians.

Mr Cyprian Emeka Uzoh, the United States-based Nigerian from Anambra State, is listed among the world’s prominent inventors in the U.S. Uzoh is in the US’ records of “Prolific Inventors” with 328 patents to his credit! Another US-based Nigerian from Akwa Ibom, Patrick Usoro, has 203 issued patents.

Other Nigerian inventors who were forced by the unfriendly environment in Nigeria to take their inventive talents to the United States include Ndubuisi Ekekwe, who developed microchips used in minimally invasive surgical robots; Sebastine Chinonye Omeh, best known for his research into the use of wind-propelled turbines to generate electricity; Yemi Adesokan, who made the exceptional discovery on drug-resistant infections.

Other Nigerian-US based inventors are Professor Ume Ifeanyi Charles, Aloysius Anaebonam, Brino Gilbert; Emeka Nchekwube, a Nigerian-born neurosurgeon and many others. No doubt, the problem is not with Nigerian professors and inventors. Government should create an enabling environment for them here.

The Nigerian government must show sincerity in its quest for technological development of the country by investing in research and functional education.
It must put in place those same social, political and economic conditions that lure our inventors to other countries, especially steady power supply, employment opportunities and security of lives and property. It is quite unfair to continue to blame university professors and other Nigerians for the failure of government.

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2022/01/why-government-should-encourage-nigerian-inventors-2/

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Re: Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah: Government Should Encourage Nigerian Inventors by Gurge: 12:03pm On Jan 25, 2022
If they encourage inventors, how will they keep importing?

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Re: Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah: Government Should Encourage Nigerian Inventors by Mogajunior(m): 12:03pm On Jan 25, 2022
cool
The role of the government is to create the condition for inventions which we don't have at the moment. Our problem still revolves around basic life needs like food, water, shelter, electricity, among others. The journey is still long.

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Re: Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah: Government Should Encourage Nigerian Inventors by BIGDADDY000(m): 12:03pm On Jan 25, 2022
I support this, especially this particular science course that they called MECHATRONICS, it's really interesting, they should encourage our students there, but my fear is that our government are full of MEDIOCRITY.
Re: Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah: Government Should Encourage Nigerian Inventors by money121(m): 12:03pm On Jan 25, 2022
Ok
Re: Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah: Government Should Encourage Nigerian Inventors by Foreign231(m): 12:03pm On Jan 25, 2022
Who are the Nigerian inventors and what are they inventing ?
Re: Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah: Government Should Encourage Nigerian Inventors by Xtianah09: 12:05pm On Jan 25, 2022
Ok next
Re: Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah: Government Should Encourage Nigerian Inventors by revived2: 12:06pm On Jan 25, 2022
Azaman
Re: Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah: Government Should Encourage Nigerian Inventors by Jackiedemie(m): 12:06pm On Jan 25, 2022
But the Nigerian universities VC cant employ their graduates as graduate assistants.

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Re: Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah: Government Should Encourage Nigerian Inventors by jospepper(m): 12:06pm On Jan 25, 2022
They only think of what they can steal and hide abroad.
Re: Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah: Government Should Encourage Nigerian Inventors by TalkTalkTwins(m): 12:06pm On Jan 25, 2022
angry
Re: Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah: Government Should Encourage Nigerian Inventors by baggioni: 12:07pm On Jan 25, 2022
You also do your own bit Mr VC
Re: Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah: Government Should Encourage Nigerian Inventors by jude33084(m): 12:08pm On Jan 25, 2022
Gurge:
If they encourage inventors, how will they keep importing?

cheesy
Re: Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah: Government Should Encourage Nigerian Inventors by TheABOMINATION: 12:08pm On Jan 25, 2022
Everything na government. The citizens of this country just useless. Wetin private sector suppose do, they will expect government to do it.

If this country wasn't backward people like Dangote and Otedola that does not invest in innovative technology would not be the richest men.

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Re: Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah: Government Should Encourage Nigerian Inventors by Brendaniel: 12:10pm On Jan 25, 2022
The present government cannot because they do not believe in it...
Re: Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah: Government Should Encourage Nigerian Inventors by ClassicMan202(m): 12:11pm On Jan 25, 2022
Ok


But they should stop inventing rubbish.

Be creative and innovative, even private businessmen will support because everyone wants to profit
Re: Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah: Government Should Encourage Nigerian Inventors by CocoaOla: 12:11pm On Jan 25, 2022
government is using nonsense tax to kill SME
Re: Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah: Government Should Encourage Nigerian Inventors by Boyooosa(m): 12:11pm On Jan 25, 2022
Does the word inventions even exist in nigeria
Re: Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah: Government Should Encourage Nigerian Inventors by bcomputer101: 12:15pm On Jan 25, 2022

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Re: Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah: Government Should Encourage Nigerian Inventors by osuofia2(m): 12:18pm On Jan 25, 2022
smiley
You mean with your 1801 syllabus?
Re: Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah: Government Should Encourage Nigerian Inventors by samnificent(m): 12:48pm On Jan 25, 2022
Can the country breed inventors?
So many "engineers" that are only good on paper.
Re: Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah: Government Should Encourage Nigerian Inventors by Nicenixon: 3:38pm On Jan 25, 2022
samnificent:
Can the country breed inventors?
So many "engineers" that are only good on paper.
that is not only the issue bro, practicalizing your area of specialization also matters except people in medicine area but they are also rushing to abroad due to better condition of service. You can just imagine a person that studied sport psychology and he is really good in it but ended up in Alaba market and yet, we are expecting Nigeria football team to come back with Afcon cup, football and other games go beyond what happen on the field of play and the same thing applies to other area of specialization. A lot of things is wrong with this country, me sef dy go abroad if I see opportunity.

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