FG approves assembling of transformer plant

The Federal Government has given approval for the take-off of assembling plant for transformer locally.

The executive vice chairman of National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) Mohammed Sani Haruna stated this in Abuja yesterday while addressing journalists at the on-going 8th Abuja international trade fair.

Haruna said President Goodluck Jonathan gave the go ahead for Nigeria to commence coupling of transformers locally as part of his determination to create more jobs and reduction in capital flight.

He said part of the president’s desire was to focus on renewable source of power supply with emphasis on small Hydro (SHP) sources of power supply.

In order to achieve this, he said NASENI had developed local capacity for the production of Small Hydro power turbines.

He said, “A Small Hydro Power turbine has been successfully designed, fabricated and installed and is currently awaiting commissioning at Ikeji-Ile, Ijesha, Osun State.”

He said the participation of NASENI in the fair stemmed from the success recorded by the agency during previous exhibition when the impacts the products of the agency had on buyers encouraged then to take most of such products off the shelf out rightly.

He added that involvement of the agency is to expose entrepreneurs to its products and services since the mandate of the agency is to develop relevant technology and infrastructures and transfer the technical know-how to the entrepreneurs, captain of industry as well as foreign trade missions and emissaries.

As part of the effort of the agency to concentrate on local mineral resources available in Nigeria, Haruna said the agency had developed capacity in the area of design, development and production of most parts and components of motor cycle and is collaborating with the national raw material development commission in harnessing and putting into optimal use the natural resources in the country.

He said the main constrain being experienced by the agency is how to link up with entrepreneur as Nigeria business owners are afraid to try new innovations noting that they are careful at taking risk.

He said the agency is counting on foreign investors who would key in into the dream of the agency. He also decried inadequate funding and budget regime which had not encouraged research and further studies.

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