By Gabriel Ikese
Proponents of the popular idea that “One Good Turn Deserves Another” must have the likes of Prof. Mohammed Haruna in their thoughts. Haruna is the Executive Vice Chairman/CE National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI).
Mohammed Haruna is an erudite scholar, highly skilled Engineer with proven experience in engineering practice, research and development. This qualities culminated in his appointment as a distinguished Professor. He is an administrator of repute with refined entrepreneurial skills.
National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) under Prof. Haruna’s broad expertise in engineering as well as his extensive management experience has recorded tremendous success in technological development in Nigeria.
NASENI was established in 1992 to close the widening gulf in technological advancement in the country. It was a recommendation of the National Committee on engineering infrastructure, comprising of numerous professional bodies in 1991.
The Agency has the mandate to “establish and nurture appropriate science and engineering infrastructure base for achieving home-initiated and home-sustained industrialization”. The mandate which is all encompassing seems to be a tall order, but not for Prof. Haruna.
Before his appointment as EVC/CENTRAL , NASENI, Haruna was the acting Director/Chief Executive of the Agency. He therefore understood the enormity of the challenges before him and was determined to tackle them. He relied on his wealth of experience in engineering to navigate through the radar. And his administrtive skills became an added piquancy.
On assumption of office, Haruna began with the development of relevant processes, capital goods and equipment required for job creation, national economic well-being and development. The target is to move the nation from conventional to newer technologies.
NASENI under Haruna’s supervision made an indelible mark in the field of science engineering and attained an enviable level of technological advancement in Nigeria. The agency developed solar powered machines for INEC for the 2015 voters’ registration, electronic voting and collation of results. Its developmental works is also evident in the area of manufacturing. And has reasonably coordinated the proliferation of technologies developed within and outside its centres, including patents obtained.
NASENI’s role in creating an enabling knowledge-driven environment for local mass-production of standard parts, goods and services is very impactful. It provides a propelling force for rapid technological development for the country. And in line with its mandate, the agency over the years, established several development institutions charged with specific mandate. NASENI has therefore built significant capacities in terms of equipment and facilities for different areas of specialization.
These mono-mandate Institutes include Hydraulic Equipment Development Institute in Kumbotso in Kano State; Prototype Engineering Development Institute in Ilesha, Osun State; Electronic Development Institute in Akwa, Anambra State; Scientific Equipment Institute in Enugu, Enugu State and Minna, Niger State respectively. National Engineering Design & Development Institute in Nnewi, Anambra State and many others scattered across Nigeria.
Each of the Institute is equipped with state of the art Infrastructures acquired to meet the specific mandate designated for it. These include engineering infrastructure for driving technological development; Science infrastructure such as primary science kit required to demystify science to children and laboratory supplies and capacity building equipment in areas ranging from electrical engineering to foundry technology.
NASENI intervenes in sectors that need to step up their technological infrastructures and upgrade research and development resources in order to keep up with the rest of the world. The agency also extends its expertise in the Energy sector. NASENI is pioneering the manufacturing of solar plant modules and small hydro power turbines as well as installation in each of the six geo-political zones of the country.
Prof. Haruna and his team also assisted in the areas of design and production of pole mounted electric transformers, the design and production of wind turbine blades, among others. The objective is to boost access to electricity especially in the rural communities.
The world has drifted away from analogue conventional approach and trained its focus on digital technological advancement. And going by the appreciable achievements and successes recorded at NASENI, the impact of the agency cannot be wished away at this crucial state of our development. NASENI is saddled with the responsibility to define the country’s future. To do so will require political will and financial capacities through adequate budget allocations to sustain its operations.
Most critical to the sustenance of NASENI is the capacity of personnel with valuable experience that has been tested and trusted. Therefore, the relevance of Prof. Mohammed Haruna’s professionalism and experience cannot be over emphasized. The fact speaks for itself. His achievements and successes so far at NASENI is a reputation that precedes him. Many groups and civil society organizations have acknowledged the giant strides at NASENI and recommended that the country retains the quality services of Prof. Haruna.
These organizations are not alone in this regard. Many Nigerians and social commentators are of the view that Prof. Haruna has performed excellently well since he got the job in 2013. He is seen as understanding the dynamics in the field of science, and determined to launch Nigeria into the enviable world of sustainable technological advancement.
Prof. Haruna’s reappointment as EVC/CE, NASENI will be enhanced by his long experience as head of the agency and having almost completed a term as CEO. Haruna is highly respected in the field of engineering and has evidently distinguished himself at NASENI. Prof. Haruna would therefore bring a strong intellectual perspective and depth of understanding to his position to accelerate technological development in the country.
The idea of “One Good Turn Deserves Another” should apply. I therefore joined other patriotic Nigerians to urge Mr. President to strongly consider the reappointment of Prof. Mohammed Sani Haruna as EVC/CE, NASENI for continuity.
Ikese is a Columnist at thenigeria and a Political Analyst.