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Create a sustainable environment for the nation – Stakeholders

Stakeholders in Research and Development have been called upon to champion a common front in actualizing composite development professionals for a sustainable environment for the country.

Director-General, National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA, Dr Haliru Shaba, made the call at the opening ceremony of a 2-day National Composite Stakeholders’ Workshop, first of its kind, going on in Ilorin, Kwara State.

Dr Shaba at the workshop with the theme Effective Applications of Composites in Aerospace and Allied Industries in Nigeria emphasized the need for both the academia and private organizations to begin to look inward towards the application of local composites to advance the economy of the nation.

He emphasized that clarion call for a composite community in Nigeria was now, that innovation drives all sectors of endeavour, from electric vehicles, to wind turbines, and aircraft whose fuselage was made up of composites.

in her remarks, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Mrs Monilola Udoh, represented by Dr. Patrick Ogunmia, emphasized that the main objective of the workshop was to provide participants with a forum to discuss and provide guidelines and standards for aerospace composite parts and allied products manufacturing.

She expressed hope that the collaborative efforts between the University of Ilorin and NASRDA would improve the nation’s academic status in aerospace, while contributing to the body of knowledge and demonstrate visible products for patenting and commercialization.

The Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Professor Sulyman Age charged participants to find new ways of aligning the limited resources to achieve maximum results on composite development and application to improve conditions and position of local infrastructure and consequently the national economic development.

Let me conclude by saying that I hope this workshop will bring new insights to our work. As usual, I am sure that we will use the workshop to share and exchange our experiences but at the same time candidly question our methods of work and the yardsticks we use to measure success. We as a Network should put in place

Reporting by Lawrence Afolabi, Editing by Omotola Oguneye