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Perm sec urges Nigerian scientists to be creative

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The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Hajiya Rabi Sha’aibu Jimeta, yesterday in Zaria urged Nigerian scientists to be more creative for the country to achieve its science and technology objectives.

Speaking during an inspection and visit to National Research Institute for Chemical Technology’s (NARICT’s) Step-B project, Hajiya Rabi said that it is time for Nigerian scientists to stop being conservative.

“Despite the challenges, the World Bank interventions assist research institutes to record some achievements. But you have to look beyond the Step-B, you have to start strategizing so that you can explore other areas. We are so conservative in looking at opportunities, let us remain optimistic but at the same time let us, from our own angle, do the little that we can do to achieve our objectives,” she said.

In his remarks, the Director General of NARICT, Professor Idris Muhammad Bugaje said that the problem of most process plants in Nigeria has to do with non involvement of Nigerian engineers in designing such plants.

“We have never got a chance to go into full design of any process plant in this country. I am a chemical engineer and I know the limitations we are facing. The Nigerian refineries in Warri, Kaduna and Port Harcourt were all designed by foreign engineers. They fabricated the equipment and installed them. We were only employed to operate the refineries and that is why our refineries are having serious setback because we cannot maintain them. The turnaround maintenance has always been problematic because we have not participated in the design.

“We are trying to say that there is need for a change in that kind of approach in technology acquisation. In NARICT, we want our engineers to participate in our petrochemical flagship right from the preliminary to the highest design,” Professor Bugaje said.

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