The director-general of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Prof Mustapha Abdullahi, has said the newly inaugurated governing board of the agency would bring change and development.
Speaking during the board’s inaugural meeting shortly after their inauguration by the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Abdullahi said NABDA’s second governing board would bring advancement by promoting the cause of biotechnology development in Nigeria.
“The new members are here to work, synergize and promote the cause of biotechnology in the country. The council is going to continue from where the recently-dissolved board stopped.
“I will like management staff and stakeholders in the agency to give them maximum corporation because they are here to promote our course, to see that NABDA has been promoted from where it is to a greater height. The number one thing about research is funding, the priority of this agency is funding where people can have a conducive environment, work freely from that research and provide results.
“We have been trying to see that we achieve quite a lot with the resources by providing more resources, which means providing equipment in the laboratory so that people will have tools to work with,” Abdullahi said.
Speaking on behalf of the board, the chairman, Clement Ebri, represented by Chief Livinus Opuakpa (member, south-south), restated the board’s commitment to the advancement of the agency’s cause.
“We are not taking this task for granted. Our focus is to see what we leave behind as we live after our tenure. I want to assure every staff here that we are ready to work with everybody to impact change.
“We are bringing in advancement. The former board did the best it could and has left. We are here to build upon what they did,” he added.