National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM), a Nigerian government agency which is considering developing a database of indigenous technologies in the country, has explained how it would help address issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
NACETEM Director General Prof. Okechukwu Ukwuoma disclosed this at a sensitisation workshop on survey and development of data on indigenous technologies aimed at addressing SDGs in Owerri, on Wednesday.
He explained that a national database for indigenous technologies would make it easy for practitioners to know about knowledge available locally and how to maximize such to achieve the goals.
Prof. Ukwuoma noted that the agency had, previously beamed its searchlight on indigenous technologies by conducting research on bronze casting, pottery making, leather tanning, among others.
The DG said for Nigeria to compete in an era of globalisation, there was an urgent need to identify areas and build on them by the application of scientific methods.
“In fact, it has been argued that indigenous knowledge and technologies present excellent possibilities in this regard,’’ he said.
The director-general said that similar workshops held in the past revealed the potential of indigenous technologies for the growth of the nation’s economy.
He said they were in Imo to harness the avalanche of indigenous technologies present in the eastern parts of the country.
“Harnessing all that we have without leaving any part of the country unexplored, so as to take full advantage of the abundant indigenous technologies in Nigeria is considered highly critical,’’ he said.
The NACETEM Boss described indigenous knowledge as the unique knowledge confined to a particular culture or society.
Prof. Ukwuoma said such knowledge is generated and transmitted by communities, over time, in an effort to cope with their own socio-economic environments.
“As a people, we cannot afford to lose sight of knowledge that is indigenous to us, so as to remain relevant in the scheme of things globally,’’ he said.
The Professor said, ‘By knowing what was available, it would be easy to know how best to deploy them in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) such as economic growth, zero hunger and quality education, among others.”
NACETEM Assistant Chief Research Officer Dr. Tosin Lievbare also made a presentation on, Survey and development of data on indigenous technologies that address the goals.
Dr. Lievbare said that Nigeria has diverse indigenous knowledge systems that had been transferred over a long period of time and are still in use in spite of the advent of modern knowledge systems.
The researcher mentioned these to include, agriculture and agricultural tools and practices, aluminum fabrication, drum making, agro-processing machineries, bronze artifacts, local fabric weaving, and iron smelting, among others.