The Executive Vice Chairman of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), Bashir Gwandu, embarked on a visit to the Czech Republic Embassy in Nigeria on Friday, August 18, 2023.
This visit aimed to foster potential business collaboration and delve into the details of the Delta2 Project.
During his courtesy call to the Czech Ambassador, Zdeněk Krejčí, the NSENI boss expressed his purpose of conducting a fact-finding mission to understand the reasons behind the failure of the Delta2 Project.
Originally designed as a bilateral venture between the Nigerian government (represented by NASENI) and the Czech Republic government (represented by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, TA CR), the Delta2 Project was envisioned to catalyze the growth of Nigeria’s technology companies and entrepreneurs, bolster economic development, and drive the creation of Made-in-Nigeria technologies and products.
Gwandu conveyed to the ambassador that NASENI’s new administration is eager to collaborate with the Czech government. He emphasized that this partnership would align with Nigeria’s industrialization goals and attract fresh investments that contribute to the domestication of technologies through strategic partnerships.
NASENI’s mandate revolves around reducing Nigeria’s reliance on imported goods and services that can be locally produced, thereby stimulating the nation’s economy and generating employment opportunities for its citizens.
Gwandu emphasized the importance of fostering beneficial relations between the two governments and nurturing partnerships that align with Nigeria’s developmental agenda.
“We seek a meaningful government-to-government relationship for our initiatives. We aspire to align with the Czech government and companies to drive technological domestication, industrialization, and overall economic growth within Nigeria,” said Gwandu.
He further highlighted NASENI’s ongoing efforts to accelerate Nigeria’s industrialization, inviting Czech companies to invest in the country and collaborate on setting up manufacturing facilities.
The Czech Ambassador commended NASENI’s proactive approach in reaching out and visiting the embassy to discuss the Delta2 Project’s status. He expressed his country’s willingness to engage in scientific collaboration with NASENI.
Outlined the availability of Czech resources, including a grant agency, a technology agency, and scientific institutions that could benefit Nigeria’s endeavors.
“We eagerly await your forthcoming initiatives. Our grant agency, technology agency, and scientific community stand ready for cooperation. We have several companies and universities engaged in tropical agriculture that can be potential partners for NASENI’s initiatives,” the Czech Ambassador stated.
He extended his commitment to collaborate with NASENI to ensure the success of their upcoming endeavors.
(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; email@example.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)