The Czech Republic has provided Nigeria with the sum of eleven million US dollars to strengthen research and development in the country.
The federal government has also contributed two billion naira to the project.
The Co-Chair of the Presidential Technology Transfer Implementation Committee, PICTT, Prof. Mohammed Haruna made the point during the launch of the public call for proposals on the Delta 2 program in Abuja.
Professor Haruna said the Delta 2 program is designed to enhance technology transfer, mobilize interaction and investment between private sectors and stakeholders in Nigeria and the Czech Republic.
He said the public call for proposals for the project co-funded by the two countries covers three priority areas: agriculture and food technology, mining and industrial development, as well as general manufacturing for micro, small and medium enterprises. , the development of MSMEs.
Professor Haruna explained that PICTT would achieve the mandate of the Delta 2 project by sourcing technologies from manufacturing companies in the Czech Republic, tertiary institutions, research and development as well as in Nigeria.
The co-chair noted that the results of the technologies emerging from the collaboration would be domesticated in Nigeria through NASENI and other research institutes.
Professor Haruna further explained that the submission of the project proposal lasts between May and July 2022, while the evaluation and announcement of the result will be between July and November this year.
The Chairman of PICTT and Chairman of the Nigeria/Czech Investment Council, Dr. Mohammed Dahiru, called on researchers from universities, public and private research institutes as well as individual researchers to present their proposal focused on results with local solutions.
”Our major problem is over-reliance on importation, we are a consumer nation but we want to start producing things in Nigeria and spare ourselves the risk of importation and the disadvantages that come with it”.
Dr Dahiru assured that creating an environment and funding was no longer a challenge.
“The funding is there for the private sector and research institutes to access, the website is free and open to anyone, but make sure what you are applying for should match the needs of Nigerians.”
In addition, the representative of the Czech Republic, Beata Marusikova, called the project historic and hoped that her country’s experience in technology and Nigeria’s potential would translate into good fortune for the private sector in research and development in both countries.
Reporting by Rabi Momoh, editing by Daniel Adejo