Nigeria, dumping ground for obsolete technologies

Written by on September 9, 2019

Nigeria has become the recipient of obsolete and misfit technologies, a research carried out by the National Centre for Technology Management, NACETEM reveals.

NACETEM is an agency of Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Science and Technology that provides critical knowledge support in the area of Science, Technology, Innovation management for sustainable development.

In a report made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, the centre said the development was due to reliance of the country’s manufacturing and service firms on imported technologies.

Speaking to NAN on the issue, Dr Abiodun Egbetokun, Assistant Director of Research in NACETEM said a survey was jointly carried out by NACETEM and Centre for Innovation Indicators at the South Africa’s Human Sciences Research Council.

He said the research focused on the innovation performances of Nigeria and South Africa and how the productive sector of the economies of both countries fare particularly in relation to the creation and application of knowledge.

He said findings revealed that both countries use technology acquisition as the key innovation strategy but South Africa used more technology in the manufacturing sector than Nigeria.

“We compared innovation in manufacturing between both countries; we found a slightly higher rate of innovation in South Africa than in Nigeria.

“But, firms in both countries rely on technology acquisition (that is, the purchase of embodied technology through machinery, equipment and software) to innovate.

“In the specific case of Nigeria, most of the technology is imported.

“In the comparison of service firms, the difference in innovation rates between both countries is not noticeable.

“While Nigerian service firms still rely on technology imports, South African firms emphasise staff training as the main innovation strategy,’’ he said.

The director said both countries used technology acquisition as a key innovation strategy to improve the quantity and quality of their value propositions.



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