By Udeme Akpan
Despite the harsh operating environment in the country, caused by a lack of adequate infrastructure, the Dangote refinery has made a commitment to research and technology.
During a study tour of the Research and Development Steering Committee of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) to the Dangote Refinery, Petrochemicals and Fertilizers projects in Ibeju Lekki, Lagos, Mr. Mansur Ahmed, Executive Director of the Dangote Group He said the following would bring about job creation and poverty alleviation in the country.
The delegation, made up of leading academics and researchers, was led by TETFUND Executive Secretary, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro.
Ahmed, who called for greater collaboration between government, academia and industry, said: “The Dangote Group believes that there must be a synergy between researchers in universities and industries like that found in advanced economies.
“Industry and academia must work together to identify problems and problems seeking solutions, and researchers will now return with their findings and proposed solutions.
“If the solution meets industry expectations, the two will work together to find their own solutions to our problems.
“I think the idea started now by TETFUND is a welcome development and we must ensure that whatever research is being carried out in our universities is research that is useful and can be practiced in our industries. This will broaden the reach of indigenous technology ”.
Ahmed emphasized that the Dangote refinery project would generate more than 250,000 direct and indirect jobs for Nigerians when completed.
According to him, part of the collaboration is ensuring that Nigerian graduates are equipped with established skills to immediately adapt to the industry after employment rather than wasting more years training them.
Earlier, TETFUND Executive Secretary Professor Suleiman Bogoro, who led the team, said the visit was aimed at bridging the gap between industry and academia, adding that the committee was comprised of more than 100 eminent academics and researchers. .
He added: “This committee has 13 subcommittees and today four of them are here on this visit. We have the subcommittees for Engineering, Bio-resources and Environment, Energy and Petroleum, Mining and Extraction. We couldn’t have started this tour better than visiting the Dangote Group, which is the most innovative indigenous company. We believe that through research and collaboration with the industry we will be able to apply science and technology to improve our country ”.