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NASENI partners with Indonesia on Technology Transfer to Nigeria

By Hadiza Ndadama, Abuja

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The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) is collaborating with Indonesia in the area of technology transfer for the development of Nigeria’s economy and empowering Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) for Nigeria to manufacture products that can compete both at local and foreign markets

 

In a statement signed by the Deputy Director Information, Mr. Olusegun Ayeoyenikan, the Indonesia Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Usra Hendra Harahap in a courtesy visit to the Executive Vice Chairman of NASENI, Prof. Mohammed Sani Haruna at the NASENI Headquarters Abuja, discussed on issues of transfer of technology to Nigeria by Indonesia, exchange of engineering principles to create jobs and address poverty in Nigeria.

 

Agreement for more collaborations were also reached on exchange of ideas and innovation, technology transfer in various areas of interest for Nigeria such as Aircraft design, spare parts production, maintenance, repairs, mechanized agriculture, military vehicles, weaponry and ammunition, military vessels among others.

 

The Executive Vice Chairman of NASENI disclosed that the relationship between NASENI and Indonesia dated back to the establishment of the Agency since 1992 as Nigeria adopted similar activities of PT.PINDAD of Indonesia, a state owned enterprise specialized in military and commercial products.

 

“NASENI’s Small Hydro Power (SHP) Turbine was reverse engineered from the one procured from Indonesia after the initial training of NASENI engineers by Indonesia on manufacturing of Cross-Flow Turbine, which is currently in use at some of Nigeria dams for generation of power especially at the rural areas”, Prof Haruna said.

 

The Indonesian Ambassador, Dr. Usra Hendra Harahap noted that after the EVC last visit to Indonesia Embassy in Nigeria, the Embassy received an update of proposal from PT. PINDAD Indonesia to establish a Memorandum of Understanding between PT. PINDAD and NASENI on Rural Multipurpose Mechanical Tools Projects (AMDESS) to help Nigerian farmers.

 

He further explained that with transfer of technology agreement between Nigeria and Indonesia through NASENI especially in agriculture, Nigerian farmers would improve mechanized agriculture with AMDESS to enable them overcome inequality and develop the potential that exists in the country to create economic resilience.

 

“In Indonesia, this particular vehicle is popular to help farmers in growing their plantation and support harvest management. The vehicle can easily be converted because it is equipped with devices that can transmit power from the car to other machines”, Dr Harahap said.

 

Other areas, Dr. Harahap said that the two countries could work together include coal fertilizer project which aims at helping local farmers to increase productivity of various types of plants using coal-based fertilizer production technique; supply of finished products and semi-finished products from SOE’s to NASENI and joint development of product among others.

 

He revealed that with the level of bilateral relationship existing between Nigeria and Indonesia, he was optimistic that the partnership between NASENI and Indonesia would be stronger and wider.

 

NASENI is under the direct supervision of President Buhari, who is the Chairman of its Governing Board.

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