By Moyosore Salami
A professor of Microbiology at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho, Lateef Agbaje, has called for efforts by government for the approval of the nanotechnology policy, availability of funds and establish a centre of excellence to promote its development for the country.
Agbaje said nanotechnology is one of the engines of the fourth industrial revolution that creates uses and studies materials at nano-scale adding that the field of nanotechnology has blossomed to encompass physics, chemistry, engineering and biological sciences.
“The global market of nanotechnology enabled products stood at approximately US$1.6 trillion in 2015. In one estimate, the industry could generate 6 million jobs and account for 10% of global GDP by 2030,” he noted.
Explaining the issues of nanotechnology to natural development, he said, Nigeria’s nanotechnology journey started with a national initiative in 2006 which has been slow saying it has been dogged by uncertainties, poor funding and lack of poor coordination. “Nigeria nanotechnology research is limited by a lack of sophisticated instruments for analysis. It is impossible to conduct meaningful research locally without foreign collaboration on instrumentation. Also, the absence of national policy on nanotechnology and dedicated funds hinder research.“
He stated that although Nigeria’s economy point to great potentials for research and development of patents and products, nanotechnology would benefit Nigeria in several ways. “ in agriculture, nanomaterials can be exploited as slow release fertilisers and eco-friendly agents against pests and diseases.
Prof Agbaje added that Nigeria can use nanotechnology to deliver on development goals, ending poverty and promoting sustainable industrial.
Caption: Professor Lateef Agbaje