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NASENI chief unveils vision for household tech adoption in Nigeria

Executive Vice Chairman aims to make NASENI products commonplace, with prototypes hitting the market in early 2024

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In his inaugural media interaction, Mr. Khalil Suleiman Halilu, the Executive Vice Chairman of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), outlined an ambitious vision to make NASENI’s products and technologies accessible to every Nigerian household in the coming years. Speaking at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja, Halilu revealed that tangible products resulting from NASENI’s research and development efforts would be available in the market by the first quarter of 2024 through technology transfer arrangements.

Halilu emphasized the end of storing prototypes on shelves, announcing a national rebranding initiative with the goal of having NASENI products featured in every household. He outlined plans for NASENI showrooms in key cities, allowing people to experience the technologies firsthand. The move signifies a shift from endless research to transforming prototypes into meaningful products with economic impacts.

The EVC/CEO highlighted his focus on enhancing the agency’s human capital potential, emphasizing staff motivation and a commitment to transparency. Additionally, he discussed efforts to engage stakeholders and rebrand the agency around its products and technologies.

Addressing the commercialization aspect, Halilu emphasized technology transfer and revealed that private sector organizations had shown interest in partnering with NASENI. Notably, a recent trip to China resulted in a $2 billion partnership MOU for technology transfer, with potential foreign direct investment (FDI) of $6 billion for Nigeria. Areas of interest included unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), electric vehicles (EVs), agricultural equipment, electronics, and electrical equipment.

Halilu concluded by highlighting NASENI’s engagements with stakeholders, including a $200 million procurement agreement with the Rural Electrification Agency and collaborations with the Ministers of Science and Technology, Information, Finance, and members of the National Assembly. The renewed focus aligns with expectations for increased productivity and development in Nigeria’s real sector.

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