CROSS RIVER NEWS : FG, UNICAL developing 4 year long lasting insecticides
LEGISREPORTS NG – An arm of the federal ministry of science and technology, the Calabar Technology Incubation Center (CTIC), alongside the University of Calabar are collaborating to research into the development of long lasting insecticides that will last for more than four years.
Center Manager of CTIC, Mr. Edidor Unoh who announced this in Calabar disclosed this in his office to journalists ahead of the 2nd graduation of 1,500 entrepreneurs trained by the Center.
He said the Center had earlier sponsored a research on insecticides in the university sometime back which led to the production of insecticide nets which lasted for 18 months but now they have invested resources to see that such insecticide that can last beyond four years are produced in the country.
“When Shell brought out their own kind of insecticide which lasts for four years, we went back to the University of Calabar. We are working together to produce a more lasting insecticide nets that will last beyond four years,” Mr. Unoh said.
He further disclosed that the Center has trained entrepreneurs in cartridge refilling, fire resistant equipment and domestic electric fault detector, among others, however frowned at the attitude of Nigerians whose passion for foreign goods, he said, has become worrisome.
“We are graduating 1,500 entrepreneurs and 15 companies that trained in various areas as manufacturing of car tracking device, domestic electrical fault detector, fire resistant devices, agro machines and refilling of spent cartridge, among many other technological areas,” Mr. Unoh explained.
He however blamed Nigerians for the near zero patronage of made-in Nigeria goods, claiming that it discourages invention and puts businesses in the country under undue pressure.
According to him, although technology does not yield immediate results, Nigerians should embrace it because its lasting impact will eventually be felt someday.
He said the Center was celebrating its graduands because they can withstand any challenge anywhere and will immensely contribute to the reduction of unemployment in the country as they will engage others in the course of doing business.
This report was prepared by our reporter in Calabar.