By Akanji Alowolodu, Bauchi
Bauchi State Governor, Sen Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed has said that his administration will allocate 20 hectares of land to the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) aimed at advancing the state.
The governor announced this when the Executive Vice Chairman of the Agency, Professor Muhammad Sani Haruna visited him at the Council Chamber, Government House, Bauchi on Tuesday.
Bala Mohammed said that the allocation of the land is to facilitate the immediate take off of the Heavy Equipment and Machinery Development Institute in the state.
He further said that his administration will work and partner with the agency in order to implement its science and technology based policies for the technological development of the state.
He also said that innovations and inventions are key to making the state to be on the path of development and appreciated the no interest declared by the agency to assist the state government to benefit from its policies.
The Governor said that, “Today is not a science day, but I believe we in Bauchi, today is our science day because science and technology is what drives stabilization, growth and development and I am highly delighted on behalf of the government and people of Bauchi state to receive you on a very auspicious visit.”
He added that, “And I am happy to be associated with your growth and development especially my modest contribution to the establishment of one of your solar outfit.” Bala Mohammed who observed that, knowledge based e-governance can lead to progress and development, said the state government will put science and technology to be in the front burner to develop critical sectors of economy.
The Executive Vice Chairman of the Agency, Professor Muhammad Sani Haruna while briefing the governor on the new initiatives introduced by the agency, said that the visit is to seek for his support for smooth implementation of the policies in the state.
Professor Sani Haruna said that so far, Bauchi state has been selected to benefit from it’s new project In technological innovations and acknowledged the commitment of the Bauchi state government towards science and technology development as contained in a statement by Muktar Gidado, Senior Special Assistant on Media to the Governor.