The Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (FMSTI) recently held a three-day training programme on Dassault Systems’ SolidWorks Technology Software Database. The training was conducted to support the implementation of Methanol Fuel Production Technology in Nigeria.
During the closing ceremony of the National Policy on Methanol Fuel Production Technology Strategy implementation, held on March 2, 2023, in Abuja, the director of the ministry’s environmental sciences and technology, Dr. Peter Ekweozoh highlighted that the Methanol Fuel Policy is one of the key mandates of the ministry, aimed at driving Nigeria’s socio-economic development.
Ekweozoh emphasised that the policy would impact seven sectors of the economy, including agriculture, energy, industry, water resources, waste sector, transportation, and oil and gas, and help the country cut down global warming by 47 per cent. He further explained that the ministry needed to develop solutions, innovations, technologies, and scientific tools to enable the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement.
“To this end, the ministry is coordinating the implementation of the National Policy on Methanol Fuel Production Technology as the key strategy for adding value to Nigeria’s natural materials.
“The technology adds value, creates jobs and [brings about the establishment] production industries, helping Nigeria generate cleaner electricity and cut down global warming. SolidWorks software is used for precision manufacturing and designing the environment where methanol will be produced,” he added.
Speaking to journalists, the head of solutions’ business at SolidWorks, Clement Nnedu, explained that the “train the trainer” programme was organised to enable the ministry build its capacity on using the software for methanol production output. The SolidWorks software is easy to use and helps users design their products and suggests the end product that they are expected to have.