An NGO-based in Enugu, the South Saharan Social Development Organisation, reveals that it will be organizing the first ever Innovators and Inventors fair and prize in the South-East.
The NGO said that over 25 original inventions and innovations from people either from the South East or resident in the South East, shortlisted from over 100 applications/entries would showcase their indigenous technological inventions.
The Programme Manager of the Organisation, Mr Onyinye Nwachukwu, said in a statement on Tuesday in Enugu that the fair was to promote scientific and technological innovations and inventions in the South-East
According to Nwachukwu, the event is part of the organisation’s response to the 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,’’ he said.
Nwachukwu said that the programme, which is tagged: “Showcasing the Can-Do Igbo Spirit: Innovations and Inventions from the South East’’, is under the organisation’s Ola Ndi Igbo (Jewels of the East) programme.
He 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.
“It will take place on Dec. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oakland Centre, Enugu and is open to the public free-of-charge,’’ he said.
In addition to N1million 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.