Nigeria Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, stated that through the Projects Development Institute (PRODA), Nigeria will be able to produce industrial machine spare parts including those of aircraft.
Onu made this declaration on Monday, when he visited the Projects Development Institute (PRODA), Enugu State to inuagurate some projects.
The minister said it was cheering to observe that the institute also shares the diversification agenda of the Federal Government.
He said: “I have seen the progress so far made in this institute but we want them to do more. We want PRODA to be a centre of excellence.”
The minister was happy with the induction furnace project of the institute which has the capacity to produce industrial machines and aircraft spare parts.
He said with the two furnaces, the institute could produce non-ferrous materials including aluminum and stainless steel.
He also challenged the institute to continue its research on the production of lithium batteries with a view to commercialising the findings.
On the pencil production project of the institute, Onu said he was satisfied that production had finally started on the project.
“We have all seen pencils produced by PRODA and this effort is quite commendable,” he said. He also encouraged them to do more and not relent, as Nigeria will gradually attain tecnological Independence.