The newly appointed Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), Khalil Suleiman Halilu, has vowed to use science, technology and innovation (STI) to drive President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s socio-economic priority areas.
Mr. Halilu made the pledge in his maiden address to staff of the agency on Monday, September 4th, 2023.
A statement signed by Olusegun Ayeoyenikan, the Director of Information and Protocol at NASENI quotes the NASENI boss as saying he would play a critical role in supporting President Tinubu’s economic agenda, which is anchored on areas such as food security, ending poverty, economic growth and job creation, creating access to capital through consumer credit, inclusivity, improving security, rule of law and fighting corruption.
“In the 21st century, there are immense opportunities for Nigeria to leapfrog in the areas of science, technology, engineering and innovation,” said Mr. Halilu. “NASENI will play effectively those central roles through technology transfer revolution that is coming.”
He said that NASENI would adopt, adapt and domesticate cutting-edge technologies, wherever it finds them. It would also build a pool of well-educated and talented personnel, support world-class research and development (R&D), and build partnerships and collaborations across Nigeria, Africa and the world.
Mr. Halilu said that he was committed to making NASENI an employer of choice in the public sector, a place where people would be proud to contribute their quota to the success of the organization and to the overall development of Nigeria.
He concluded by saying that change was coming to NASENI, and that all staff were invited to be a part of it.