OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives Committee on Science Research Institutes have tasked heads of the institutes to ensure that they obtain patent rights for outcomes of their research with a view to commercializing them.
The committee also stressed the need for improvement in the level of internally generated revenue from activities of the Institutes, thereby helping in the economic growth and development of Nigeria.
The lawmakers made this known during an interactive session with the institutes as part of its oversight responsibility.
Chairman of the Committee, Olaide Adewale Akinremi, said the research institutes were established to play critical role in driving the nation’s industrialization and technical progress.
“The clear mandate of your role is undebatable — we shall fully identify with your mission and vision, and shall actualize these without fear or favour.”
However, the committee members took turns to react to various presentations made by different heads of the institutes whom were present.
They noted that reeling out number of research findings and products developed by the institutes was not good enough, as the agencies must go further to patent these findings and sell them to industry operators.
Benjamin Bem Mzondu (PDP, Benue) in his reaction to a presentation by the Director General of Nigeria Building and Road Research Institute, Prof. Samson Duinah, stressed the need for the commercialization of building and road construction technologies developed by the institute.
According to him, “I sense a lot of positive pride in your presentation; I want to see that pride transferred to activities in the field, where industry operators can apply our research findings to their works for a fee.
“In my view, with what you have analyzed here, you don’t even need a budget, because you have the capacity to stand on your own and make your own money. But keeping all the products you have developed in your lab while foreign exchange is spent importing same is not good enough.”
Committee chairman told the agencies that “to enable us commence our work, we have made a request for you to send us key information and documents that shall form the basis for further interactions with your agencies. Kindly ensure that you collect your Letters containing these requests from the Secretariat at the end of this session.”
He said: “The first interactive meeting shall activate the relationship between the committee and agencies under its oversight responsibilities,” adding that members are “committed to ensuring the there’s harmonious working relationship that brings about dividends for Nigeria.”
The committee also enjoined the agencies to exercise due diligence in carrying out their procurement obligations by ensuring that the dictates of the country’s procurement laws are followed to avoid legislative scrutiny.