NBTI promotes entrepreneurship, jobs creation




Dr Ado Ahmed, NBTI’s Director of procurement (middle) flanked by officials of NAFDAC and participant displaying their certificate of participation at the end of the one day training in Abuja

The National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI) said it is committed to achieving its mandate through capacity building, promotion of entrepreneurship and creating jobs.

Dr Uchenna Chukwu, Director-General (D-G) NBTI, stated on Thursday in Abuja at a capacity building training to support its staff and incubatees in food and pharmaceutical products registration.

Dr John Oni, NBTI’S Director post incubation and extensive services, who represented the DG said the basis for training was to create awareness, support entrepreneurs and promote economic advancement.

“ This is our way of educating our staff and entrepreneurs, it is our way of supporting them.

“ The benefits of the training are numerous, the training will enhance productivity, create jobs and eliminate poverty,” he said.

He said there was a need for awareness on the registration requirements of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)for food and pharmaceutical products.

Oni also added that the training would enhance the federal government’s industrialisation initiatives and economic promotion.

Dr Ado Ahmed, NBTI’s Director of procurement said the training was an economic tool for development.

“NBTI’s technology incubation centres are tools for economic development so regular training would enhance their effectiveness.

“ The training will address teething problems of the entrepreneurs in the area of funding, branding and packaging,” he said.

One of the trainers, Mrs Aisha Giree, an official of NAFDAC said the training of NBTI staff and entrepreneurs would ensure the people in the society are consuming quality products.

“ It is our responsibility in NAFDAC to ensure the consumption of quality products in the society.

“ Training like this will help ensure that our message is passed to the public.

She called for continuous training of NBTI incubatees as it will enhance their efficiency.

“ With the nature of NBTI’s services, it is important to train staff so as to acquire new knowledge which will guarantee production of quality service, ” she said.

Giree highlighted the importance and process of acquiring a NAFDAC registration.

She said, ` NAFDAC plays a crucial role in ensuring the safety, efficacy, and quality of food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, and other related products in Nigeria.

“ Its functions are aimed at protecting the health of the Nigerian public and promoting the growth of the Nigerian economy through the promotion of safe and effective products.”

Participants were tutored on topics like product development and packaging for food and pharmaceutical related products, NAFDAC registration process and related issues.