L-R: The director, technology acquisition and research coordination (TARC) department, National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Mrs Caroline Ani-Osuagwu, Director, consultancy services, NOTAP, Dr Adamu Tandama, Director-general, NOTAP, Dr DanAzumi Ibrahim and Director, technology innovation and commercialization department, Mrs Yejide Akinkunmi during the event in Kano.
The National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) has charged Nigerian Professionals in the fields of Science, Engineering and Technology to take advantage of the opportunities offered by Executive Order No5 (E05) to be globally competitive.
The Director General and Chief Executive Officer of NOTAP, Dr DanAzumi Mohammed Ibrahim gave the charge recently in Kano during the official launching of indigenous software for the establishment of a database of Nigerian Professionals for the implementation of Executive Order No5 for the North-West geopolitical zone of the Country.
Dr Ibrahim said that Executive Order 5 was signed into law by Mr President on 2nd February 2018 to set the Nation on the path of viable and sustainable economic growth with rapid transformation using the instruments and platforms of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).
L-R: The former director of, technology acquisition and research coordination (TARC) department, National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Dr. Isaac Nwaedozie, Director TARC, Mrs Caroline Ani-Osuagwu, Director, consultancy Services NOTAP, Dr Adamu Tandama, Director-general, NOTAP, Dr DanAzumi Ibrahim and Director, technology innovation and commercialization department, Mrs. Yejide Akinkunmi during the event in Kano.
According to him, the order is to ensure that all procuring authorities shall give preference to Nigerian companies and firms in the award of contracts, in line with the public procurement act 2007. The order also prevents the Ministry of Interior from issuing expatriate visas to foreigners who intend to come to Nigeria to undertake jobs that Nigerians have the competencies and capacities to undertake.
He stated that Mr President, in addition, directed Ministries, Departments and Agencies to engage indigenous professionals in the planning, design and execution of national security projects. He, however, noted that where expertise is lacking, procuring entities will give preference to foreign companies and firms with a demonstrable and verifiable plan for indigenous skills development prior to the award of such contracts.
The DG said that the development of such a robust and interactive platform had become necessary to avail Nigerian professionals both at home and in the Diaspora the opportunity of registering their profiles without physically visiting the Office.
He said in line with the local content initiative of the present administration, the platform was developed by an indigenous Information Technology (IT) company; Cagewox Dot Net limited, adding that the platform is designed to capture, store, analyze and provide search and reporting capacities on the profiles and competencies of Nigerian professionals in Science, Engineering and Technology related fields.
Dr Ibrahim said that the national launching of the software was held in FCT, Abuja on May 9th, 2022 and subsequently in Lagos on May 17th, 2022 for the South-West geopolitical Zone and now Kano for the North-West geopolitical Zone to ensure that all Nigerian professionals are aware of this brilliant initiative.
He decried the enormous amount of foreign currency spent to procure foreign technologies into the Country, especially in the area of software by Nigerian entrepreneurs, he said it became necessary to encourage the development and utilization of indigenous capacities by engaging an indigenous software Company called Cagewox Dot Net limited for development of the app.
In her paper titled “Presidential Executive Order No5, Role of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), the Journey so far” the Director of Technology Acquisition and Research Coordination, (TARC) department, Mrs Caroline Ani-Osuagwu said that the choice of engaging an indigenous software developer for development of the app was strategic as it offered other Nigerian professionals hope that the Country has started looking inwards in the award of contracts.
She said that the Office had engaged in inter-agency interactions/liaison through courtesy visits and workshops to sensitize stakeholders on the importance of the Executive Order N05 to the sustainable economic development of the Country. She added that NOTAP had registered over 600 professionals since the National launching of the software.
She stated that the app is a self-service platform for professionals both at home and in the Diaspora to sign-up from anywhere they may be and create profile accounts on the portal using any device. The portal according to her also provides an interface that allows professionals to activate their accounts, especially professionals who were created from the backend via upload as well as legacy professional’s data migrated into the system.
Four technical papers were presented at the one-day programme which was well attended by stakeholders from the North-West Zone