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Posted: August 13, 2007
Government of Nigeria approves nanotechnology plan
(Nanowerk News) The Federal Government of Nigeria has approved the deployment of nanotechnology under the fourth national development plan, an official has said.
Olusegun Adewoye, Director General, National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. According to him, the technology would be deployed in the energy, health and water sectors.
"Nanotechnology provides scientists and engineers the opportunity of taking control of atoms and molecules individually, manipulating them and putting them to use with an extraordinary degree of precision.
"It refers to the projected ability to construct items from the bottom up, using techniques and tools being developed today to make complete, high performance products,’’ he explained.
Adewoye said nanotechnology, a general-purpose technology, in its advanced form, would have significant impact on almost all industries and all areas of society.
"It would offer better built, longer lasting, cleaner, safer, and smarter products for the home, for communications, for medicine, for transportation, for agriculture, and for industry in general.
"Like electricity or computers before it, nanotechnology would offer greatly improved efficiency in almost every facet of life.
"The technology offers not just better products, but a vastly improved manufacturing process,’’ he said.
According to him, the technology referred to as "the next industrial revolution" is a diverse collection of fields, touching on biology, medicine, materials, computers, manufacturing, physics,and several others.
Adewoye said that Nigeria was exploring the technology to address the epileptic and erratic power supply situation as well as precision in medical practice.
He said that already a roadmap was been developed to harness the potentials of the emerging technology to fast track Nigeria’s development efforts.