NOTAP eyes top public service position




National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) said it is working towards becoming one of the top 20 reformed public services in the whole world.

According to NAN, NOTAP’S Directir-Genetal, Dr DanAzumi Ibrahim, gave the assurance after receiving an organizational and self-assessment award from the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) on Tuesday in Abuja.

He expressed gratitude to BPSR for finding NOTAP worthy of the award and commended it for its work, which is critical in enhancing good governance in the public service.

“NOTAP will work hard to achieve 85 per cent when the bureau commences its next assessment phase,” Ibrahim vowed.

He said that the rating of NOTAP by the bureau was a wake-up call for the kits management to analyze the report’s recommendations and improve performance.

“If all agencies are subjected to this assessment, and they religiously follow the recommendations, I am sure the target of becoming one of the top 20 reformed public services in the world will be achieved,” Ibrahim said.

He said NOTAP was primarily established to regulate the inflow of foreign technologies into Nigeria, saying it is also responsible for promoting locally motivated technologies.

Ibrahim said that while executing its mandate of regulating technology transfer agreements, the office had, between the years 2012 to 2022, saved the nation over N140 billion that would have been left to foreign countries as capital flight.

He added that NOTAP instituted various partnerships with Industry to bridge the wide gap between academia and Industry through projects like the NOTAP Industry Technology Transfer Fellowship (NITTF).

The director-general said the programme, which kicked off in 2015, is envisaged to be a voluntary contribution fund by industries to support high-level manpower training.

Ibrahim said that the training was to fast-track technology development, acquisition, assimilation and diffusion in Nigerian industries, which had enrolled 21 Nigerians.

The Director General of BPSR, Mr Dasuki Arabi, said NOTAP was rated a silver-level organization by the bureau, scoring 74.25 per cent and therefore meeting expectations in all essential areas of responsibility.

He added that the quality of work in the organization was generally good since the most critical organizational goals were achieved and hence deserved the award.

“I urge the agency to work harder since it has great potential for improvement.

“NOTAP is playing a leading role in line with the government’s agenda of using technology to provide services and employment for the nations teeming youths.

“I commend the office for adopting Information Technology (IT) to digitalize its processes locally and engage with its stakeholders,” he said.

Nigerian Newssphere reports that NOTAP was presented with a silver plaque following the independent assessment and its validated assessment by the bureau in October 2021.