Masari, FG signs MoU for Silica, solar cell center in Katsina
Katsina State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Agency for Science and Engineering infrastructure for the establishment of Silica Sand research and Development Institute in the State.
Governor Aminu Bello Masari signed the documents contained in the agreement for the State Government while the Executive Vice Chairman Professor Engineer Muhammad Sani Haruna signed for the Agency.
Governor Aminu Bello Masari explained that the abundant Silica Sand was discovered longtime ago in the State and between 1979 to 1983 there was an attempt by the then Civilian Government to establish a Glass Factory in Katsina State.
The Governor noted that with the current Technology and Innovation, the Silica Sand could be used and produce more Technological devices that would be of benefit to humanity.
He observed that if the available mineral resources are properly developed it would also help in providing peace and reduce over dependency on Oil revenue.
Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari, who thanked the Agency for choosing Katsina State to establish the Centre, assured that Government would provide all the necessary support for the actualization of the Institute in the State.
In a remark, the Commissioner of Science and Technology Dr. Rabe Nasir said the State Government has fulfilled all the requirements needed for the establishment of the Institute.
Dr. Rabe Nasir maintained that the availability of Silica Sand in the State attracted the Agency to establish the Institute to enhance research and development of that particular mineral resource.
The Commissioner pointed out that when the Institute is established, it would complement the effort of both the State and Federal Governments in providing job opportunities and enhance revenue as well.