The Gombe State government is exploring a potential partnership with the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) to tap into the talent of its young population, foster research development, and commercialize prototypes within the state, supporting indigenous industrialization efforts.

Dr. Abdullahi Bappah Ahmed, the Commissioner of Science, Technology, and Innovation in Gombe State, conveyed this intention during his visit to Khalil Suleiman Halilu, the Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NASENI in Abuja. Dr. Ahmed highlighted that Gombe State is home to numerous talented individuals who have created various prototypes but lack sufficient support and attention. The purpose of his visit was to explore the possibility of collaborating with NASENI to unlock the potential of these young innovators.

“We are here to register our support and seek a partnership between the Gombe State Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovations and NASENI on areas of developing our research outputs and commercialization of our prototypes as well as harnessing the talent of Gombe State youths,” explained Dr. Ahmed. He emphasized the need to support the innovative efforts of Gombe’s youth, who have the potential to contribute significantly to Nigeria’s industrialization drive.

During the visit, Dr. Ahmed introduced Hadi Usman, a 70-year-old inventor with over 50 years of experience, who has not received substantial benefits from his inventions due to a lack of support.

Khalil Halilu, the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of NASENI, expressed gratitude for the commissioner’s visit and pledged to collaborate with the Gombe State government and other states across Nigeria to ensure equitable interventions in the science and engineering sectors. Halilu revealed that NASENI would soon introduce a framework for state governments to participate in the industrialization drive.

The EVC/CEO reiterated his commitment to supporting talented inventors like Hadi Usman, aiming to create a knowledge-driven environment where everyone plays a role in the development of the Nigerian economy. Accompanying the commissioner were Muhammad Muhammad Galadima, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, and Usman Muhammad Shehu, the Director of Innovation, among others.

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