Buhari applauds NASENI’s tech drive to stop oil theft

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, applauded the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, (NASENI)’s drive to halt oil theft using technology, saying it is a legacy his administration will bequeath to Nigeria.

This is as the agency, which was established about 31 years ago, said it was working to roll out high technology solutions to end crude oil theft and pipelines vandalisation, as well as aerial surveillance for rail-tracks monitoring, among other giant strides.

Buhari, in his address at the commissioning of the Technology and Innovation Complex at NASENI headquarters, Idu Industrial zone, which was named after him, stated that the agency, under his administration, was being repositioned to become a technology and innovation hub for national development.

He noted that NASENI was unable to attain its potential over the years, but assured of his administration’s determination to reverse the trend. He further said that as part of its achievements, NASENI is now domesticating foreign technologies and product development through backward integration.

He applauded the agency for attracting foreign donor support, while noting that NASENI, under his watch as the chairman of the governing council, has lived up to its expectations and has performed well.

President Buhari also expressed delight that NASENI was advancing in agricultural self-sufficiency, energy, power, and home-grown technology programmes through the fabrication of machinery, equipment and devices.

In his address, the NASENI Executive Vice-Chairman, acknowledged Buhari’s commitment to the deployment of science, technology and innovation (STI), noting that it was the first time a Nigerian president was visiting the agency.

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