The various Centres and Schools of the Federal University of Technology Akure exhibited their products and designs to showcase their creativity and innovation, services and products, in research and development (R & D) endeavours during the Exhibition of FUTA’S Products and Designs as part of activities marking the 40th Anniversary celebrations of the institution.
Speaking at the event The Vice chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape, said “FUTA was established specifically “to give prominence to technological training and provide the much required impetus for rapid technological and industrial development”. The mandate has guided all the activities of the University and the results have shown in the accomplishments of the staff and students at various times”.
He said “apart from several products that have been developed by our researchers and granted patent by appropriate Federal agencies, two researchers of the University Professor Ganiyu Oboh and Professor Kenneth Kanayo Alaneme were adjudged one of the top 2% scientists in the World by Statisense team of Stanford University, USA in 2020. Also, recently, Mr. Daniel Adeniyi of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering won the joint first position at the CODET National Engineering Project Competition in Nigeria where he developed a Mobile and multipurpose automated payment machine incorporating an APP named CURRENCY.
The Vice Chancellor disclosed that “FUTA has never relented in its efforts at fulfilling its mandate, and one of such efforts was the maiden Auto Fair and Workshop organized in 2012, where several automobile companies gathered in FUTA to show-case their products and services. The engagement paved way for town and gown collaborations and partnerships through knowledge disseminated to artisans and general public. One of the outcomes of the Fair was the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that the University signed with the Nigerian Air Force on servicing and maintenance of aircrafts. That development opened a new vista in the research endeavours in the University with our Engineering students developing deeper interest in diverse areas of engineering and technology – petroleum, space, marine, aeronautic, agriculture, architecture, among others”.
Professor Fuwape said the forum will serve to share knowledge, ideas and competencies with the industry, and enable the two parties, University and Industry to fine-tune and upgrade and their products for national and international markets as well as the development of the national economy.
In his remarks, special guest of the occasion the Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive of National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) Engr. Prof. Mohammed Sani Haruna represented by Mr. Joseph Alasoloyi said that the mandate of NASENI is specifically in the area of Capital goods, research, production and reverse engineering and that NASENI, by its mandate and scope of operation is the only purpose-built Agency designed to conduct developmental work in the areas of manufacturing and as such, it is capable of coordinating the proliferation of technologies developed either within or outside of its Centers including patents obtained.
He said technologies developed in the areas of spares, components and systems engineering are to be transferred to Entrepreneurs for the production of goods and services thus the mission of NASENI is to establish and nurture appropriate and dynamic Science and Engineering Infrastructure-base for achieving home-initiated and home-sustained industrialization through the development of relevant processes, capital goods and equipment necessary for job creation, national economic well-being and progress.
Engr. Haruna stated that a vision is, therefore, set to create an enabling knowledge-driven environment for local mass-production of standard parts, goods and services required for the Nation’s Technology Advancement and that amongst other areas of the Agency’s involvement are the areas of Reverse Engineering, Nanotechnology, Education, Agriculture and so on. He said NASENI will work with FUTA in enabling partnership that will foster technological advancement and mutual benefits for both parties.
Another special guest of honour, the Director General, National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) Dr. Dan-Azumi Mohammed Ibrahim represented by Mar Emeka Onyekwelu said NOTAP is the agency of government saddled with issuing patents. He said they work with universities to capture new technologies coming from researchers and to protect and safeguard the intellectual property of researchers.
He said FUTA has eight patents currently that have been facilitated by the agency and he hoped that the agency and FUTA will continue to nurture the relationship between both parties to advance innovation and technological breakthroughs.
Earlier in his address, the Chairman FUTA 40th Anniversary Committee, Professor Tomola Obamuyi thanked the Special Guests of Honour for the time committed to this cause and all the exhibitors from various schools for their keen interest in the advancement of FUTA and Nigeria. He said the exhibition enabled individuals and various schools showcase diverse products and accomplishments in the task of fulfilling the purpose for which the University was established.
Afterwards guests moved to the exhibition grounds where various FUTA products were displayed. There were products such as hybrid plants and animals, machinery, apps and equipment from all the Schools and Centres of the university as well as from the students of the Staff Secondary school.
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