FG to establish Engineering Materials & Equipment Development Institute in Katsina
A Federal Government Agency, National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) has entered into an agreement with the Katsina State government for the establishment of Engineering Materials & Equipment Development Institute (EMEDI).
This is contained in a press statement issued by the Deputy Director, Information NASENI Mr. Olusegun Ayeoyenikan on Tuesday shortly after the leadership of the agency paid a courtesy visit to the Katsina State Governor at his office.
The institute when established will commence skills acquisition and training, targeted at harnessing silica raw materials found in common sand which most States in Northern Nigeria have in abundant or commercial quantities.
While speaking during their visit, Governor Masari attributed the surge in insecurity in the state and beyond to joblessness among the youths.
“Idle hands are the devil’s workshop that is why Katsina State Government has decided to tackle the problems of ongoing high crime rates in the state with a different approach by engaging massively the youths in productive activities thereby removing them from the streets or the opportunity to go into crime.
“Katsina state is reputable for its rich and abundant resources in Silica, a major raw material need for the manufacturing of Solar cells, solar panels and even glass wares.
“No nation or society can develop without investing in research and development or innovations” Said Governor MASARI.
He said further “this particular feat was What China attained to move from an extremely poor nation to current global reckoning of economic advancements”.
NASENI is a federal Government Agency with the mandate to carry out home-grown research and development, design and production of Reversed engineering on capital goods and equipment or machinery required for industrial development of the country.
The new institute will immediately embark on Solar Cell Research and development and the fabrication of Equipment and Machinery towards exploration of the Silica minerals and glassware resources in the State.