DIRECTOR GENERAL OF NBTI SAYS NBTI HAS CREATED A TECHNOLOGY TO ADDRESS ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION IN NIGER DELTA REGION
The Director General of the National Board Technology Incubation, NBTI, Muhammadu Jibril, says NBTI has created a technology that would address the environmental degradation in the Niger Delta Region.
Muhammadu Jibril was responding to a question by Hon Inombek-Awaji Abiante,a member of the House Committee on Science And Technology at a budget defence session of the 2021 budget.
The Director General who said his agency has impacted on the 36 States of the Federation as well as the Federal Capital Territory, disclosed that the NABDA has recorded a new intellectual property that is capable of removing soil and water contaminants in every part of the country including the South-South region.
Jibril said the technology was developed by a student trained by the Incubation Centre and awaiting approval by the Federal Government for deployment.
The National Board for Technology Incubation while also defending their 2021 budget proposal of 4.7 billion naira before the Science and Tech Committee said part of its achievements in the year 2020 were, ensuring that all States in the Country have Incubation Centres with equipped Laboratories used to perfect finished products, training of entrepreneurs and generation of revenue for the Federal Government.
He also noted that the Agency has embarked on series of research works including Bio ethanol , long shelf life tomatoes and Yam seedlings production.
The Director General of the Agency Prof Alex Akpa Uwadiegwu said research has been concluded on Yam seedlings multiplication leading to the production of one million yam seedlings in 2020.
He said NABDA intends to increase the production to five million yam seedlings by 2021 for the production of yam flour and pharmaceuticals.
The DG also disclosed that NABDA is looking at the possibility of producing local vaccines to contain the outbreak of viral diseases in the Country,adding that a Committee has been set up with the National Food and Drug Administration Agency and Control, NAFDAC, as part and to be Funded by the Central Bank of Nigeria,CBN.
Impressed with these achievements, the Committee resolved after a motion by Hon Adedeji Stanley Oladeji to increase funding of the Agency for value added economy and increased Gross Domestic Production, GDP.
At the end of the session, the Director General of the National Biotechnology Development Agency, ,Alex Uwadiegwu in an interview with newsmen,spoke on the achievements of the Agency .
The Chairman of the Committee on Science and Technology ,Hon Beni Lar ,who also spoke to Newsmen on the benefit of the National Biotechnology Development Agency stressed the need for Government to use the Agency to benefit Nigerians especially the youths.
A total sum of 2.8 billion naira budget was proposed by NABDA in the 2021 budget. 2.4 billion naira is for Personnel Cost, 93.2 million naira for Over Head while 4.7 million naira is marked for Capital projects.