The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) finding ways it can effectively support the realization of priority targets of President Bola Tinubu’s administration.
A release signed by Segun Ayeoyenikan, Director of Information NASENI, says the Government’s priority targets include; scale switching of petrol and diesel-powered vehicles to alternative fuels to reduce the cost of living for Nigerians.
To this end, the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) and Chief Executive Officer of NASEI, Khalil Halilu, has asked the management staff of the Agency to put forward ideas on how the target can be met.
Halilu made the call as he began receiving briefings from the Managing Directors of the Agency’s ten (10) Development Institutes, situated in Enugu, Minna, Awka, Okene, Nnewi, Kano, Jalingo, Akure, Ilesha and Nasarawa.
In his words, “Our Institutes are the engines of NASENI’s innovation and these briefings by each Institute are critical as we work together to craft the future of NASENI, as it relates to delivering on the President’s socio-economic agenda.”
Aside from the Managing Directors, Team Leads of various NASENI projects, as well as the Agency’s Research Directors, also made presentations to the EVC on their various projects and efforts.
The briefings, which commenced on Monday September 18, 2023, are taking place ahead of the EVC’s planned tour of NASENI facilities across the institutes scheduled to commence in October.
Also on Tuesday, September 19, the Halilu inaugurated a committee to look into staff welfare, as part of steps to fulfil his pledge, upon assuming office, to ensure that NASENI becomes “a public sector employer of choice in Nigeria.”
The EVC tasked the Committee—made up exclusively of middle-level and junior staff of NASENI—with producing a Human Resources (HR) revamp plan for NASENI.
“Our junior staff are indeed the ones on the frontlines of our work, bearing the biggest burdens, and therefore deserving of special attention, support and welfare.” He said.
To round off the week, the EVC/CEO paid a courtesy visit to the Honourable Minister of Science and Technology, Chief Uche Nnaji, on Friday September 22, at the Ministry’s Headquarters in Abuja.
At the meeting, which discussed opportunities for collaboration in advancing research in methanol production, lithium mining, and natural medicine, the NASENI boss said, both institutions were keen on jointly commercializing existing research outputs.
His words, “I have no doubt that NASENI has a strong and committed partner, in the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology.”
Halilu earlier in the commended a young Nigerian innovator, Mustapha Gajibo, based in Maiduguri, Borno State, who specializes in converting petrol-fired vehicles to use gas and solar energy.
“There’s no limit to what young Nigerians can achieve in science and technology, and at NASENI we want to be a part of these inspiring stories from every corner of the country,” he said.