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NASENI announces own branded consumer products now market-ready

Hon. Abdulmalik Zubairu Bungudu, Deputy Chairman, House Committee on NASENI (2nd from left); Mr. Khalil Suleiman Halilu, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of NASENI;  Hon.  Taofik Ajilesoro, Chairman of House of Representatives Committee on NASENI, and Other Committee Members, at NASENI Headquarters, Abuja, FCT             Photo: NASENI

*Khalil Suleiman Halilu, Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO of NASENI, discloses the agency is ready for Nigerian market, as it is establishing showrooms in all the 36- States of the Federation for the marketing of its products with the support of the House of Representatives Committee on NASENI

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) has assured the House of Representatives Committee on NASENI that the agency’s branded commercial products that have been unveiled are market ready and SON-certified.

Mr. Khalil Suleiman Halilu, Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of NASENI, disclosed this development Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Abuja, FCT, when the House Committee on NASENI paid an oversight visit to the agency’s Headquarters.

ConsumerConnect reports the Federal lawmakers visited the NASENI Headquarters to inspect agency’s products and projects towards robust research in technological advancement in Defence/Security Sector, Agricultural Sector, Infrastructural Sector and others.

Among the recently unveiled NASENI products included NASENI Laptop, Android Smartphone, Lithium Battery, LED Solar Street Light, Solar Irrigation System, Electric Bicycle, Electric Keke (passenger and Cargo types).

Olusegun Ayeoyenikan, Director of Information at NASENI, also noted in a statement that Halilu used the occasion of the House Committee’s visit to showcase two newly branded NASENI electric vehicles (EVs) to the lawmakers.

According to Halilu, NASENI has been at the forefront of driving Nigeria’s technological advancement and industrialisation.

The EVC/CEO stated: “Over the past few months, we have implemented several key initiatives aimed at transforming our operations from primarily research-based activities to commercialization of our products and services.

“This transformation is essential for us to contribute more effectively to the national economy and to achieve sustainable development goals.”

About 85 percent of NASENI projects are on counterpart funding, declared Halilu.

He further noted: “We don’t want to invest alone in what we do; and that is why we work with our 3C’s principle of Collaboration, Creation and Commercialisation, thereby engaging the services of private sector by partnering with them to ensure that we deliver on our mandate.”

He stated that about 35 products of NASENI under his watch are market ready.

Establishment of NASENI showrooms in 36 States

Halilu said: “We are ready for Nigerian market and we want the honourable members to be our first ambassadors through patronage and others.

“Also, we are establishing showrooms in all the 36 States of the Federation for the marketing of our products.

He stated: “Every activity we do, we have commercial plan. We don’t want our products to end up in shelves, but to get to the end users.”

Highlighting the achievements of NASENI so far, the EVC/CEO listed some of them to include: Innovation and Research Development, Product Commercialisation, Renewable Energy Projects and Capacity Building.

The EVC/CEO, therefore, urged the lawmakers to keep supporting NASENI to deliver both capital and consumer goods to Nigerians, besides creating jobs for the teeming youths.

In his speech during the inspection, Hon. Otunba Abimbola Ajilesoro, Chairman, House Committee on NASENI, said the essence of the oversight visit was to have an opportunity to interact with the agency towards robust research in technological advancement in Defense/Security Sector, Agricultural Sector, Infrastructural Sector and other areas of human endeavours.

The Committee Chairman said that, in turn, would save and bring in much needed Foreign Exchange (Forex) that will impact positively the economy.

He pointed out that the committee has been following the activities of the Agency.

“We have been hearing NASENI branded products, NASENI Laptops, NASENI Android Smartphone, NASENI Lithium Battery, NASENI LED Solar Street Light, etc. The Committee deemed it necessary to see for ourselves, these products and other technologies that will enhance Nigeria’s economy,” he stated.

Speaking on the mandates of NASENI Development Institutes, Hon. Ajilesoro assured NASENI of the Committee’s readiness to support it in the areas of Appropriation and Legislative framework that will strengthen the Establishment Act to enable the Agency deliver effectively.

The Chairman further said: “However, while the Committee will continually give all necessary support periodically, it will demand for accountability and value for money in the implementation of its lofty programmes embedded in the mission and vision of the Agency.

“This would enable us to expand, deepen and create an enduring part for a sustainable technological advancement, thereby enabling the nation to become an Industrial hub amongst the comity of nations.”

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