FMST, Welding Institute partner on capacity building for industrial sector

As 2016_09_27_46253part of effort to grow the economy and en­sure that small and me­dium scale industrialists contrib­ute to national development, the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology is to collabo­rate with the Nigerian Institute of Welding to enhance the capaci­ty of Nigerians in the sector.

The Minister of Science and Technology Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu who pledged of the Federal Gov­ernment to the Institute when its President Dr. Solomon Edeberi visited the ministry in Abuja.

A statement by the Deputy Director Press in the Ministry, Taye Akinyemi, said Dr. noted that “the time has come for us to pay sufficient attention to welding technology because it is very important to the man­ufacturing sector”.

The Minister stressed that through this, the Nigeria will be able to produce machines and equipment needed in the country.

He assured NIW govern­ment willingness to support for any course that will en­courage Nigerian to look in­ward to improve economy.

Earlier, Dr Edeberi in­formed the minister that the institute was seeking to part­ner with the Ministry in the area of research into agro equipment, fabrications, elec­trodes and waste manage­ment.

According to him, “With mechanized production we must be able to produce rice locally, we must be able to pro­cess cassava and grains local­ly which can only be achieved through welding engineering”.

He noted that they are also working on how to get alter­native power supply like the mobile power system and also regulate the practice of weld­ing profession in Nigeria to ensure standard and certifi­cation.

He disclosed that Shell Pe­troleum has equipped a lab­oratory worth $2 billion dol­lars for the institute, localize the production of electrode and oth­er research activities but request­ed the ministry to partner with the institute.

He added that the Nigerian Institute of Welding is working with the Standard Organiza­tion of Nigeria to close the gap of certified welding personnel against the uncertified welding personnel.

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