The National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) says it will upgrade two more chemical laboratories in two universities in Nigeria in 2018.
The Director-General of NOTAP, Dr Mohammed Ibrahim, made this known on Thursday at a sensitisation workshop on Technology Development Initiatives, in conjunction with PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc.
The two universities that would benefit from the project are Alex Ekwueme University, Ebonyi and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
According to Ibrahim, the upgrading, which is in partnership with PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc, is to strengthen the research infrastructure by providing state-of-the-art equipment.
“NOTAP and PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc, have already upgraded three laboratories in the country between August 2016 and May 2017.
“Currently, six more laboratories will be upgraded; two this year, two in 2019 and the remaining two in 2020.
“They are to provide adequate training facilities for both undergraduate and postgraduate students,’’ the director-general said.
He said that such facilities would encourage the evolution of viable research and development results through the upgraded laboratories for commercialisation.
Ibrahim said that the implementation methodology for NOTAP was to source for partnership with industry, ensure sourcing and supply of quality equipment to the benefiting institutions, in compliance with due process.
He said that the agency would also monitor and evaluate the implementation of the project and organise inauguration of the upgraded laboratories.
According to him, the agency will provide funds for the project, take part in monitoring and identifying areas the upgraded laboratories can offer services to the industry.
Ibrahim said that the benefiting institutions would provide ideal room space for the equipment, manage and safeguard the equipment properly and provide qualified personnel, to manage it at their own cost.
The Chief Executive Officer of PZ Cussons, Mr Giannopoulos Christos, said that the two institutions were jointly selected by PZ Cussons and NOTAP.