By Sarauniya G Usman

The National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM), says it is committed to investing in human capital development to advance national development.

Director-General of the centre, Prof. Okechukwu Ukwuoma, said this in a statement made available to METRODAILY through Mr Isaac Oluyi, the Public Relations Officer of the centre on Thursday.

Ukwuoma made this commitment while receiving a Pan-Regional Leadership award from Trans-African Youth Initiative (TAYI) for his innovative leadership in the deployment of science, technology and innovation to the attainment of sustainable development in Nigeria.

He said the recognition was at testament to the avowed commitment of members of staff of NACETEM to their duties in training and equipping citizens with valuable tools that would engender development.

“It is this commitment that brings about a dividend of continued investment in human capital development towards effective delivery on the Agency’s mandates”.

“We will not rest on its oars until Nigeria takes her rightful place amidst comity of nations in the area of Science, Technology and Innovation,”he said.

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Earlier, Country Representative of Trans-African Youth Initiative in Nigeria and leader of the delegation, Mr Kehinde Idowu, the lauded the chief executive for his contributions to national development.

Idowu also commended NACETEM for its pivotal role in the use of science and technology as a key driver of the Change Agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

He said ” If efforts of Agencies such as NACETEM’s in repositioning the nation are sustained, Nigeria will soon be a leading country in science and technology”.

The delegation comprised of Ghanians, Cote d’ voires as well as Nigerians and members of the management staff were present at the presentation of the award.

TAYI is an association of youths cut across African countries that come together to drive, promote and contribute to the development and application of science, technology and innovation in the eradication of poverty in the continent.