Felix Ikem, Nsukka
The Managing Director of Oil Serve Ltd Mr Emeka Okwuosa has said that Nanotechnology can address the critical problems which developing nations of the world are facing currently.
Okwuosa whose company is the major sponsor of nanotechnology conference and workshop said this in Nsukka on Tuesday during the 3rd African conference of nanotechnology titled “Nanotechnology : key to National and industrial Development”.
Okwuosa said nanotechnology scientists and engineers have been developing ways to make use of energy cheap and safe.
“there are several applications of nanotechnology in the energy sector particularly in developing countries to address, heath agriculture and energy supply challenges.
“Nanotechnology are being employed to make solar cells more efficient, cheaper and lighter,”he said
He said In agriculture nanocapsules such as quantiunm dot can be used for crop protection and minimize losses of nutrients in fertilization as well as improve yields through enhanced nutrients management.
“Nanotechnologycan also help to mitigate environmental pollution as well as improvement in soil and water,” he said.
The Oil Serve MD said nanotechnology remain the future of developing countries as its vital to close the gap between western world and developing countries.
” Embracing of this technology will increase people standard of living as well as ensure sustained economic growth, ” he said
Speaking, the chairman of the occasion Mr John Chukwu said Niigeria can not be left out on the need to urgently embrace advances on nanotechnology because of inherits benefits the country would derived from its application
“the country economy will benefits from implementation of nanotechnology in agriculture, energy and medical sector.
“nanotechnology is predicted to be a key driver of the technology and business in this century.
” it’s imperative to pursue, explore and attract the opportunity provided by nanotechnology for rapid industrialisation of the country .
While declaring the event open, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Speaking Prof Benjamin Ozumba represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic, Prof.James Ogbonna, said one of the problems of research in Africa is lack of industrial base such that research outputs are lying waste.
“Am hopeful that at the end of this conference, something good will be realized in this regard,” he said.
Earlier the leader of UNN nanotechnology research group and chairperson Local Organising committee Prof. Rose Osuji said universities should be responsibility for building future human capital to ensure that our teeming youth were better prepared to effectively tackle challenges of the world today for a better tomorrow.
“Current trends in research shown that nanotechnology has emerged as the latest frontier for the exploration of science and the development of new technologies”
“Its the desire of the Research Group to fast track development through human and infrastructural capacity building by reducing the gap between the developed and emerging economies,”she said.
Daily Sun gathered that participants from Russia, China, South Africa were among participants that attended the conference.
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