Olawale Olutope, Abuja
The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), in a recent statement signed by her Deputy Director of information, Olusegun Ayeoyenikan, while responding to critics on the need for the introduction of NASENI levy noted that this is done in Nigeria’s best interest.
According to the statement, “a piece of supposedly professional advice to Nigeria by Mr. Wole Obayomi, Partner and Head, Tax, Regulatory and People Services to an international financial & business advisory firm, Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler (KPMG Nigeria & Africa), who also was quoted extensively in an article credited to Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) by the National Economy Newspaper titled: ‘Activating NASENI Levy Bad for Business, says PWC’ came as a shock to us at the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure(NASENI) in the Presidency.”
Still responding to critics, was said that: “the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) by its mandate is the sole agency of the Federal Government with its mandate to conduct developmental work in the manufacturing of capital goods, equipment and machines thereby preventing the influx of foreign goods into Nigeria which causes capital flights. That way the Agency is capable of coordinating the proliferation of technologies developed either within or outside of its Development Institutes for the much-needed industrialization of the nation.”
Finally on this matter, the organisation’s success over the last few years was also recounted — “NASENI has over the years achieved much in the Science and Technology Development of the country through its local production of industrial tools and equipment which has 100% local content that meets international standards. The Agency has successfully intervened in key sectors of the economy. The Agency established and operates a 7.5 Megawatts Solar Panel Manufacturing Company, it developed the First Made-in-Nigeria Motorcycle and KEKE NASENI, First made-in Nigeria Helicopter, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and for agricultural purposes: Agricultural processing tools such as integrated cassava plant, oil expeller, coconut oil expeller, Rice Thresher, power transformers, primary and secondary schools science equipment and tertiary laboratory equipment, Made-in-Nigeria Cargo tricycle, Small Hydropower turbines, to mention a few.”