Engineers urge research commercialisation to spur technological growth

OCTOBER 15, 2012 12:00 AM

IN a move geared towards boosting technological growth, engineers specifically from the mechanical field have called for commercialisation of research findings and projects in the country.

They further urged the Federal government to establish technology incubating centres and provide funds for the management of research institutes as well as tasked engineers to do more in the area of mentorship and capacity building for budding engineers.

Engineers made their submissions at the luncheon and induction of new member by the Lagos chapter of the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers, (NIMechE), where the Director General Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO), Mrs. Gloria Elemo, suggested making commercialisation the agenda when developing research findings and appropriate technology.

Speaking on the theme of Promoting Appropriate technology for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Development through Commercialisation of Research findings” Elemo advocated for the transferring of technology knowledge into MSME and conceptualization of the commercial success when setting the agenda for technology promotion.

Elemo who was represented by Dr. Patrick Irabo, a director at the institute, proposed that in seeking to promote commercially viable researches projects, appropriate transferred of technology has to be taken into consideration in such a way that it makes market success.

“However taste for foreign goods and globalization is affecting the drive to promote locally technology and researches. On the other hand government is not providing the sufficient funds to meet the mandate of the instituting to encourage ideas and developments. We need technology incubation centres and work harder to build MSME in the country”

President NIMechE, Ayo Fanimokun, an engineer, while commending engineers for stepping up to challenges of the profession emphasized the need to do more in the area of mentorship and build the right foundation for budding engineers.

“As stakeholders in the industry we have a part to play in growing the profession. Today we have more book smart graduates than industry ready engineers. We need to bride the gap between schools and the profession.

Fanimokun who was represented by Mrs. Funmi Akingbagbo lamented the poor state of the nation’s educational curriculum in tertiary institutions and advocated the need for mechanical engineers to offer post-training lectures for students in their spare time.

He also added that the institute is taking steps towards collaborating with foreign professional bodies that would further bolster the profession.

He further implored professional to do more in spurring the government to do better by positively criticizing them through published articles and granted interviews.

Fanimokun also stressed the need to develop a virtual web library that would help build capacity of professionals in the construction industry.

Earlier Chairman of the Lagos chapter, Dr. J. Adeyemo disclosed that the chapter with a view to sensitizing lectures and students had established relation with several tertiary institutions in the region.

He added that chapter is currently working with Associations of Mechanical Engineering Students in tertiary institutions to NIMechE student chapters in order to align and give professionals awareness and orientation.

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