Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru has challenged Nigerian universities on scientific research, technology incubation to promote the country’s local content policy, industrialisation and economic growth.
Baru also spoke of some significant achievements of the Buhari administration within the past three years to include the ongoing oil exploration in the Gongola Basin, which straddles Bauchi and Gombe states.
The GMD issued the challenge in Bauchi weekend while delivering a pre-Convocation lecture for the combined 23rd, 24th and 25th convocation ceremonies of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi.
The lecture was themed ‘Enhancing University-Industry Collaboration to Support Nigerian Content Policy, Industrialisation and economic Growth.
According to him, despite the progress being made in ensuring local content through indigenous participation in the oil and gas industry, there is need for advancement in technology and innovation to keep with changing competitive market and the country’s industrial sector.