By: Bamidele Fashube
The Federal Government has granted approval for establishment of the Agricultural Equipment and Machinery Development Institute in Cross River State.
This followed an earlier request by the State’s Governor Ben Ayade to President Muhammad Buhari for the institute to be established in the state.
While presenting the letter to the Governor,the
Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), Professor M.S Haruna stated that the choice of Cross River State followed a rigorous evaluation of states in the South-South zone, along with other parameters.
“the products of your achievements stood tall, hence the decision to site that zonal office here in Calabar,” the VC stated.
Haruna further disclosed that six of such institute was approved for each of the geopolitical zones stating that the South-South is to be located in Cross River.”
In order to ensure food security and sufficiency in Nigeria, Haruna noted that there was the need to embrace research and technology,
On his part, Governor Ayade stressed the need for good research in science and engineering stating that only with this would the country progress.
“NASENI is the way for us to go because as a nation, there is no way you can progress without good research in science and engineering.
“There is no way, even if we are copying technology, the way China started which is reverse engineering where you import something, deconstruct it and now fabricate yours and even that process requires the backing of science and engineering research,” he noted.
To this end, the Governor directed the state Commissioner for Lands to immediately make land available for the institute, while also announcing the provision of temporary office accommodation and vehicles to NASENI to fast track the establishment of the institute.