Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE), Lagos State Chapter, says it will collaborate with the National Productivity Centre (NPC) to ensure full utilisation of the state’s raw materials to create wealth and boost employment.
The Lagos State Chairman of NATE, Mr Kayode ibidapo said this when he visited NPC on Wednesday in Lagos.
Ibidapo said the collaboration would also promote the quality of “Made in Nigeria” goods for export.
He said the collaboration would include acceleration of local capacity in fabrication of agricultural equipment to promote value addition on farm produce.
“To achieve the objective, the association has contacted several stakeholders in the fabrication of equipment for agriculture and other sectors.
” In the synergy with NPC, NATE will be looking at the possibility of training large numbers of youths on design, fabrication, and maintenance of agro equipment to boost food production,” he said.
Ibidapo commended local manufacturers and urge them to ensure their product finishing was near perfection.
The Deputy Director, NPC, Mrs Joyce Binitie lauded NATE, Lagos State Chapter, for the visit.
Binitie said the collaboration would reposition the nation’s workforce for increased productivity.
Binitie, who decried the low productivity of an average Nigerian worker, called on the need to build the capacity of workers to enhance their efficiency.
Benitie said that the centre was set up in 1987 to create productivity consciousness in the mind of Nigerians
She, however, said the centre had not been able to do much due to several challenges such as paucity of funds.