The Director-General of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Dr. DanAzumi Mohammed Ibrahim has called on African countries to embrace the culture of innovation for sustainable economic development of the continent.
Dr. Ibrahim made the call while flagging off the 2022 Commemoration of African Day for Technology and Intellectual Property Rights held in Abuja, on Tuesday.
He said that the 13th September of every year was set aside for the Commemoration of African Day by the then African leaders and heads of states to arouse the latent intellectual capabilities of the African youths in Adiss-Ababa, Ethiopia.
The DG further said that what makes the difference between developed and developing Countries was advancement in technology therefore he encouraged all African Countries to invest more on research and development to ensure the technological advancement of the continent. He added that developed countries had gone far ahead of African Countries because they had invested much in research and development.
He regretted that the Secondary and vocational schools that were major partners in commemorating the African day with technology and innovation exhibitions are not part of the event because schools were just resuming after a long break.
In his brief presentation, the Head of Programmes of Innova8 hub, Dr. Obichi Obiajunwa said that Innova8 hub is a private owned facility and a non profit innovations driven organization with the mandate to groom generation of innovators, inventors and researchers for national development.