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Be Innovative And Creative, Alake Urges Youths

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The Minister of Solid Minerals Development (SMD), Dr Dele Alake has called on Nigerian youths to be innovative and creative in their quest to realize their dreams, in view of government’s deliberate policy to entrench an ennabling environment for entrepreneurship to flourish.

This exhortation was given by Dr Alake in his address during the commissioning of Amal Technologies Limited Factory at Idu Industrial Estate, Abuja; which he described as ” a pacesetter of home grown technology that synchronizes with the President’s Renewed Hope Agenda to integrate the youths into the dream and vision of Nigeria’s economic emancipation”.

Speaking further on the importance of growing the youths into a force for entrepreneurship and self-reliance, the Minister urged the citizenry to emulate Amal Tech in not only dreaming big; but to as well embark on bold endeavors to achieve clear objectives- thereby reaffiming government’s commitment to create equal opportunities and conducive environment that will enable entrepreneurs to flourish for the betterment of the country.

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While acknowledging the contribution of the youths to national growth, the Minister explained that the youths constitute the pillar of any society. He said: ” a restive population of youth with no constructive avenue for engagement will lead to disaster. It is to curb this that President Bola Tinubu decided to engage them as the drivers of inculcating the values of hard work, which will dovetail into economic rejuvenation.

To this end, Dr Alake admonished Nigerian youths to persevere and be courageously patient as they go through the policy gestation period of the present administration; to reap the results of positive implementation, monitoring and execution of critical strategies that will drive the economy for national growth.

Speaking at the occasion, Engr Amoru Musari, who represented President Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Minister of State Petroleum Resources (Oil), & Minister of State Petroleum Resources (Gas), said the ceremony represents a significant landmark in our quest to promote a Research culture in the oil and gas industry through the nurturing of innovation driven startup companies. It also represents a breakthrough in local manufacturing of electronic circuitry and devices.

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He noted that one of the proposals that have benefited from the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) Research and Innovation intervention is the Amal Technology gas leak device, which adopted Internet of Things (IOT) to introduce into the market a device that generates short message system (SMS) and calls on phones of homeowners in the event of a gas leak. This facility also has capability for Printed Circuit Board (PCB) manufacturing.

On his part, Chairman of Amal Technology Board, Mr Nuhu Yakubu,
stated that the company signifies the milestone of the journey through Technology advancement and innovation, which has become integrated part of daily lives, adding that the production of smart devices and electronic equipment will immensely aid in the economic and societal progress.

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The factory, he said, presents the commitment into pushing the boundaries of development; creation of jobs; and multisectory growth for our local economy.

Speaking, the Founder of Amal Technologies Limited,Mr Shehu Tijjani Abdullahi, said Amal Tech facility is equipped with Printed Circuit Boards and Assembly (PCBA) equipment, R & D equipment, as well as a high-capacity Surface-Mount Technology (SMT) assembly line, a calibrator as well as an injection Mold machine.

Dignitaries present at the occasion include the Minister of State for Youth Development, Hon. Ayo Olawande, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Solid Minerals Development Dr Mary Ogbe, represented by the Director of Hunan Resource Management Department, Alhaji Suleman Kabir mni; Executive Secretary, Nigeria Content Development & Monitoring Board( NCDMB); Engr. Felix Omatshola Ogbe and representative of Minister of State for Petroleum ( oil and gas) amongst others.

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