Strategic Launchpad

The New Strategic Launchpad for NASENI

The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) has unveiled a strategic blueprint to address Nigeria’s pressing needs and promote innovation. The blueprint is based on four pillars:

  1. Enhancing manufacturing capacity
  2. Reducing import bills through R&D
  3. Strategically repositioning NASENI
  4. Leveraging states’ comparative advantages

The ultimate goal is to build a 21st-century institution driven by collaboration, creation, and commercialization. This involves finding and forging partnerships with committed partners, leveraging these partnerships to create high-quality products and technologies, and developing commercially viable pipelines for these products to reach the market.

The blueprint is not just a guide for the journey ahead, but also a covenant with the future, symbolizing Nigeria’s commitment to pioneering a new era where Nigeria takes centre stage on the global technological landscape. The CEO, Khalil Suleiman Halilu, expresses gratitude to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and Vice President Kashim Shettima and his dedicated team, for their unwavering support. The strategic launchpad serves as a compass for NASENI and its partners, aiming to reduce import expenditures through localized innovation.

The initiative also aims to boost the nation’s economy, create job opportunities, and ensure access to locally produced high-quality goods. The strategic document aims to help state Governors, SMEs, and stakeholders understand NASENI’s focus and the reasons and benefits for collaboration. It  communicates NASENI’s vision and commitment to science, technology, and innovation to drive growth in socioeconomic priority areas of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s renewed hope agenda.

It also outlines the country’s strategic direction and priorities, offering a clear roadmap for stakeholders to follow by focusing on rapid technology transfer to accelerate economic growth and adapt to critical sectors. It pinpoints top items generating foreign exchange, local manufacturing inputs sources, total addressable markets, assesses industry technology gaps.

Here's a bullet-point summary of the New Strategic Launchpad for the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI)
  • NASENI’s new strategic launchpad aims to boost Nigeria’s economy through advancements in technology transfer and adaptation.
  • The agency is committed to collaborating with partners to create and commercialize new, high-quality products and technologies.
  • NASENI’s mission is to fuel Nigeria’s innovation for a sustainable future, driving indigenous industrialization, job creation, and national progress.

Problem Statement

  • Nigeria’s economic growth is hampered by low industrial and technological productivity.
  • The nation suffers from high import volumes, low export earnings, unstable foreign exchange, and limited foreign direct investment.
  • Value-added manufacturing contributes only 10% of Nigeria’s GDP.
  • Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit is significantly below World Bank standards.

Solution Statement

  • NASENI proposes rapid technology transfer as a solution to these challenges.
  • This involves identifying critical sectors for technology transfer, building prototypes, adapting designs, and commercializing products through partnerships with local manufacturers and international alliances.
  • NASENI emphasizes knowledge sharing, leveraging local materials, and rapid conversion of innovation into market-ready products.

NASENI's Advantages

  • NASENI has a strong track record of developing innovative products, with over 150 successes in its three decades of operation.
  • The agency has a network of development centres and institutes spread across Nigeria, enabling it to adapt technologies to local needs.
  • NASENI’s focus areas align with President Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, including renewable energy, healthcare, agriculture, transportation, IT, and construction.

Value Proposition

  • NASENI will prioritize nine broad sectors with high growth potential.
  • The agency aims to reduce the import bill by 25%, generate over 3 million jobs, and increase exports by 2030 through technology transfer and partnerships.
  • NASENI’s efforts will also contribute to economic diversification, capacity building, attracting investment, and poverty reduction.


  • NASENI’s stakeholders include policymakers, international development partners, professional bodies, academia, the private sector, and the general public.
  • Collaborations with these stakeholders are crucial for the success of NASENI’s strategic launchpad.

Overall, NASENI’s new strategic launchpad presents a bold vision for transforming Nigeria into a powerhouse of innovation and technological advancement. By leveraging its expertise, partnerships, and focus on critical sectors, NASENI has the potential to drive sustainable economic growth and prosperity for the nation.

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