- The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure is now under the control of the presidency
- To ensure the agency's effectiveness due to its new status, President Buhari has appointed 5 new principal officers
- The appointments are expected to help the agency fulfill its constitutional mandate in the country
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President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed five principal officers as coordinating directors of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI).
This was revealed in a statement seen by Legit.ng on Monday, March 29, and signed by a spokesman in NASENI, Olusegun Ayeoyenikan.
The statement noted that the appointments are in furtherance of on-going restructuring by the federal government to reposition the agency for better performance.
The newly appointed principal officers Include:
1.Dr. (Mrs) Olayinka Adunni Komolafe: Appointed as secretary to the agency.
2. Professor Danshehu Bagudu Gwandangaji: Appointed as coordinating director, engineering infrastructure.
3. Professor Umar Ibrahim Gaya: Appointed as coordinating director, science infrastructure.
4. Mrs. Nonyem Onyechi: Appointed as coordinating director, planning, and business development.
5. Mr. Ibrahim Baba Dauda: Appointed as coordinating director, finance, and accounts.
Legit.ng gathered that the appointment of the above principal officers is for initial five (5) year tenure.
NASENI is Nigeria’s flagship science and engineering innovation agency responsible for research and development of capital goods-machinery, equipment, and mass production of standard parts, goods, and services required for Nigeria’s technology advancement.
The presidency recently took over supervision of NASENI from the federal ministry of science and technology in accordance with the agency’s extant establishment laws which grant it autonomy from the civil service bureaucracy, placing it under the direct control of the president.
President Muhammadu Buhari is the chairman Governing Board of NASENI and the appointments are with immediate effect.
Recall that the Nigerian government recently announced that made-in-Nigeria helicopters by NASENI would be ready soon.
The initiative is an arrangement between NASENI and Dynali of Belgium to transfer technology to Nigeria by producing Dynali-style choppers at a plant operated by the agency in Nigeria.
Similarly, about a year ago, NASENI revealed that Nigeria will work closely with China for the production of Nigerian-made transformers.
The agency said the aim of the partnership is to put an end to the power supply challenge in the country.