The European Union (EU) has declared its intention and readiness to partner the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) in the development and promotion of technology innovations and inventions for national development.
The adviser, EU’s satellite navigation programmes of the European Commission (EC), Augusto Gonzalez, who led a three-man delegation on a courtesy call on the director-general of NOTAP, Dr DanAzumi Ibrahim stated this at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja.
He said they were in Nigeria to partner and exchange experiences on market development opportunities to grow their global programme, the Galileo and Egnos satellite navigational signals.
He said the EU identified Nigeria as an important nation in Africa and was seeking to market Galileo and Egnos which are a constellation of 22 satellites in space that Nigeria could take advantage of as it is available to the general public free of charge and provides improved global positioning.
Gonzalez revealed that the satellites could be deployed to enhance safety in terms of disasters and emergencies and also enhance industrial development, adding satellites like the Galileo could be deployed for E-call technology which could automatically trigger to call for attention in case of an accident or emergency and the distressed car or vessel located within 10 minutes.
He said the technology which has a high accuracy service would also be useful for the proposed self-driving vehicle revolution, smartphone GPS and precision agriculture amongst others.
In his remarks, Ibrahim expressed appreciation to the visiting delegation for identifying with NOTAP. He said as a technology transfer regulator, NOTAP registers all contracts and or agreements having effect in Nigeria and entered into for transfer of foreign technology to Nigerian parties.
He said NOTAP as a federal government agency was willing to partner any organisation as long as it was mutually beneficial to both parties. He gave likely areas of partnership being envisaged to include training of Nigerians in space technology and study tours to the EU space center by Nigerians.
Other members of the EU delegation that visited NOTAP included Dominic Hayes, the signals and frequency manager and Ibi Ikpoki, the economic officer, EU delegation, Abuja. The delegation had earlier visited a sister agency, the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) and Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd. (NigComSat).
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