Plans are well underway to bring to the south east,(Enugu State) for the very first time inventors and innovators to showcase their products. This initiative is powered by a non-governmental organisation; The South Saharan Social Development Organisation.
The NGO via the programme manager, Barr Onyinye Nwachukwu disclosed that the fair would promote scientific and technological innovations and inventions in the region. Over 25 original inventions and innovations from people either from the Southeast or resident there, shortlisted from over 100 applications and entries would showcase their indigenous technological inventions.
According to Nwachukwu, the event is part of the organisation’s response to recession and to promote enterprise and entrepreneurship especially among youths.
The programme also aims to halt the disregard for innovation in the country which has been the trend since independence despite the abundance of scientists and technologists.
“Thus, it will encourage innovation and further boost entrepreneurship in Nigeria in general,’’ she said.
Nwachukwu said that the programme, which is tagged: “Showcasing the Can-Do Igbo Spirit: Innovations and Inventions from the Southeast’’, is under the organisation’s Ola Ndi Igbo (Jewels of the East) programme.
She noted that the programme would attract over 1,000 visitors from within and outside of Nigeria including people from the private sector, investors, government officials, the diplomatic community and the general public.
“This event is having the support of Life Lager Beer, the Ford Foundation, MTN, Ellington Company, Fidelity Bank, Radio Nigeria, NOTAP and many others.
Date: 18th December 2017
Venue: Oaklands Amusement Park Ogui Link Road Enugu
In addition to N1 million grand prize and other consolation prizes, the shortlisted inventors would receive training on patenting, financial management, how to run a business, marketing and branding of the technological innovative product.