The National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM) and the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT) have formed a partnership to bring cutting-edge knowledge in science, technology and innovation to transform the transport sector in Nigeria.
During a working visit to NITT in Kaduna on March 28, 2023, NACETEM’s overseeing director-general, Dr. John Omimakinde and his management team rolled out a range of training sessions and workshops aimed at achieving sustainable development in Nigeria’s transport sector.
Both institutions agreed that deploying STI in the transport sector would not only facilitate sustainable and inclusive development but also improve the lives of people in all sectors of the economy. Omimakinde emphasised the crucial role of STI in development, stating that no country can achieve sustainable development without deploying science, technology and innovation to all sectors of the economy.
Also, the director-general of NITT, Dr. Bayero Farah noted that the transport sector is essential to the development of any nation, as it is critical to all sectors of the economy. He praised NACETEM for the speed with which they approached the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two institutions and assured them that NITT would do everything possible to ensure that every aspect of the MOU works.
To achieve sustainable development, NACETEM and NITT plan to revolutionise the transport sector through science, technology and innovation by rolling out several programmes after the review of the technical committee and approval of the two institutions’ governing councils. These programmes include National Innovation System Management and Transport Sector, Technological Entrepreneurship in Transport Sector, Fourth Industrial Revolution: Emerging Technologies in the Transport Sector; Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators in the Transport Sector, Strategic Digital Communication in Transport Sector, among others.
In addition to training and workshops, the two institutions will engage in joint research activities, particularly in the area of technology needs assessment in the transport sector.
According to a statement signed by the NACETEM public relations officer, Isaac Oluyi both institutions are critical to the realisation of sustainable development and are poised to revolutionise the transport sector through STI.