The Nigeria Section of the Young Professionals Institute of Electrical Electronics Engineers has reiterated the need for more effective ways for harnessing Indigenous talents in Africa
The Chairman of the group Engr. Haruna Danjuma Gana made the appeal while declaring open the Industry Engagements Fireside Panel Chat during the Power Africa Conference in Abuja.
He noted that the Institute of Electrical Electronics Engineers was engaged in many programs to ensure that professionals were given the right resources to contribute to sustainable development and wealth Creation.
Industry expert panelists equally shared insight on mechanisms in harnessing talents.
Dr. Joyce Wigwe (ED Government Affair Policy, General Electric West Africa) noted that there was a need to review how research project topics were been sourced in tertiary institutions.
The Head of Instrumentation Department, Uganda Mrs. Phillipa Madoboure advised that research topics should not be constrained to existing industries rather it should be all encompassing as innovation has proven to spur new industries.
Mr Aliu Folorunso (GMD, Telnet) advised young professionals and students on the importance of living with the mantra that they could make a difference by seizing every opportunity in any problem.
Also, Prof. Gloria Chukwudebe (Chair, IEEE Africa Council) equally suggested the need for greater collaboration between the industry and Academia in the areas of research proposals that add value to identified areas of industry and societal needs.
The event was done with the aim of bringing together young professionals, Academia, industry experts, Government to discuss ways to harnessing new technologies, enabling Government policies, promoting research & development, and translating academic research through entrepreneurship and appropriate intellectual property in order to achieve productivity, job opportunities and the ability to scale up the production value chain.