*IMPLEMENTATION OF DELTA PROGRAMME: NASENI, Delta-2 Partners Sign $21.7m Projects Agreements*

   *Signs MoU for Establishment of Coal-based Fertilizers

The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) has signed an agreement worth $21.7 million with eleven firms in Nigeria as beneficiaries for take-off of the Delta-2 Projects, being the outcome of the bilateral collaboration between the federal government of Nigeria and the Czech Republic.

The Nigerian beneficiary companies are expected to come up with various products and services to be injected into the Nigeria economy. The Delta-2 Programme is being implemented by the Presidential Implementation Committee on Technology Transfer/Information Exchange (PICTT), NASENI as implementing Agency for Nigeria, working in partnership with the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TA CR).

In his welcome address on Monday, December 18, 2023 at the Agency’s headquarters, the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of NASENI, Mr Khalil Suleiman Halilu, said the Delta 2 programme, which was launched in 2022, designed with the aim of funding and enabling research, development and innovation projects in Agriculture, Mining, and General Manufacturing for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

With $21.7 million set aside to finance the selected projects, TA CR will contribute $11.7 million while NASENI will contribute $10 million as counterpart fund. The bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and the Czech Republic began on 15th May, 2014.

Mr. Halilu emphasized that the Delta-2 Programme was yet another manifestation of NASENI’s commitment to fulfilling its mandate of transforming Nigeria’s technology and innovation landscape, through sustained focus on its 3Cs principles of Collaboration, Creation and Commercialization.

“Ultimately, our goal is not just to produce prototypes and models, but to ensure that the outcomes of the partnership are taken to market; that they are available commercially for consumers and end-users to benefit from, knowing that the real value of technology lies in market usefulness and application, our vision in the new NASENI that we are building is to create values and to be relevant in the market”.

The EVC/CEO reiterated that for every single kobo that NASENI will invest into this phase of the Delta-2 program, to develop new projects and products, the Agency will realize almost six naira (N6) in commercial returns, in addition to job creation opportunities, capacity building and technology transfer.

“That is what NASENI stands for: leveraging technology and talent to deliver returns that benefit Nigeria on multiple levels,”. Halilu said while congratulating the selected beneficiaries of the projects, urged them not to take this massive opportunity for granted as the funds would be deployed with a sense of service and responsibility.

According to the Chairman, Presidential Implementation Committee (PIC) on Technology Transfer/Information Exchange on Delta 2 Projects, Dr. Dahiru Mohammed, he said the program was launched on 18th May, 2022 with 285 proposals received from various companies registered in Nigeria. He stated that the evaluation of the proposals was carried out diligently by members of the Assessment Committee who were selected from the Nigerian Academy of Science, Nigerian Academy of Engineering (as research experts) and the Nigeria-Czech Republic Trade and Investment Council (NCTIC).

The process was well coordinated by experts in both fields of research and business and ably assisted by the PIC secretariat. “It is noteworthy that the distribution of the beneficiaries of the awards spans across the country, having all zones represented. “The funds are ready and we eagerly look forward to start implementation in January 2024. The funding of the projects is scheduled to last between 12 to 36 months,” Dahiru added.

He further said the idea behind the Delta-2 projects was to yield patents, pilot plants, proven technologies, software, certified methodologies, processes and specialized maps, and databases, among others, which is expected that the outcomes of the various projects will have a direct and immediate positive impact on the average Nigerian farmers, miners and MSME operators.
The resulting technologies from these collaborations will be transferred and domesticated in Nigeria through NASENI and other research institutions and private companies.

At the event, separate goodwill messages came from the Minister of Science and Technology, Chief Uche Nnaji; Chairman, Senate Committee on NASENI, Chief Ezenwa Francis Onyewuchi; Chairman, Senate Committee on Science and Technology, Alhaji Aminu Iya Abbas and the Chairman, House Committee on NASENI, Honourable Taofiq A. Abimbola, who reassured the Agency of better enabling laws and collaborating partnership for better productivity.

In a related development, NASENI signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) for production license for the establishment of Coal-based fertilizers in Nigeria with PT Saputra Global Harvest. The agreement with SAPUTRA covers three key areas. Halilu said, “Food Security is one of the priority areas on the Renewed Hope agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The President is determined to build a Nigeria that is not only able to feed itself in an affordable manner, but also one that is able to produce surplus food for export.”

Others are: the supply of machinery and equipment that will enable us produce coal-based fertilizer for use in Nigeria; the capacity development component, which is the training of Nigerian personnel on the use and maintenance of these equipment; and the licensing that gives Nigeria the permission to produce the coal-based fertilizer according to the prevailing standards of quality already established by Saputra.The agreement is building on the initial MoU signed between NASENI and Saputra in September 2022, as part of steps to strengthen the bilateral relationship between Nigeria and Indonesia, while also supporting the development of Nigeria’s agricultural sector

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

You may also like

Business Security Society Software

Kaspersky presents industrial cybersecurity review and predictions for 2024


At the 9th annual Cyber Security Weekend – META conference held recently in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Kaspersky ( presented an industrial cybersecurity review for the countries in the region and outlined the key cybersecurity challenges for industrial enterprises in the year ahead.


According to Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) statistics, in the second half of 2023, 32.6% of ICS computers globally had been attacked with malware. In the Middle East, Turkiye, and Africa (META) region the figure is 36.5% for Turkiye, 36.8% for Africa (27.5% in South Africa, 34.55% in Kenya, 28.8% in Nigeria, 33.17% in Ghana), and 33.5% for the Middle East region. There is a slight decrease in this figure in the region compared to 2022 which can be the result of industrial organisations paying more attention to cybersecurity.

African countries are undergoing rapid digitalisation and integration into the world’s economy, while at the same time…

Read More
Business Culture Economy International Tourism Travels Trends

Radisson Hotel Group targets 50% portfolio expansion in West and Central Africa by 2030


Radisson Hotel Group ( is targeting a 50% expansion of its West and Central African portfolio, consisting of 29 hotels and over 5,000 rooms in operation and under development, building on the success of its expansion strategy in 2023. Within the past 12 months, the Group signed five new hotels, adding over 1,000 rooms to the region’s portfolio.


These hotel signings included new market entries into The Gambia with Radisson Blu Beach Resort & Spa, Banjul and Radisson Hotel Benin City in Nigeria. In addition to the Radisson hotel in Benin City, the signing of Radisson Collection Hotel & Conference Center, Abuja; Radisson Blu Hotel, Abuja CBD and Radisson RED Lagos VI further strengthened the Group’s position as the market leaders in Nigeria, doubling the Group’s development pipeline in a year and expanding the portfolio in Nigeria to 12 hotels and over 1700 rooms.

Business Gadgets Technology Technology Trends Telecoms

MainOne Lands 2Africa Submarine Cable in Qua Iboe, Akwa Ibom State, boosting Broadband Connectivity in South-South Nigeria


MainOne (, an Equinix Company, is delighted to announce its pivotal role in the historic landing in Akwa Ibom State of the first and only submarine cable system in Nigeria outside of Lagos. This collaboration marks a significant milestone in enhancing broadband connectivity and driving economic development in the South-South, South-East and North-Central regions of Nigeria.


MainOne is dedicated to improving internet capacity and driving various aspects of development

Spanning 45,000km in length, 2Africa will be one of the world’s largest subsea cable projects and will interconnect Europe, Asia, and Africa, with a design capacity of up to 180Tbps. The significance of 2Africa lies in its capacity to address critical internet needs and enhance reliability across vast expanses of Africa. Furthermore, 2Africa serves as a catalyst for the advancement of 4G, 5G and fixed broadband accessibility, extending its impact to billions of people. Akwa…

Read More
Business Security Society Software

Don’t gamble with your cybersecurity



Protect your online gaming and gambling experience


The recent wave of cyberattacks targeting the global casino and hospitality industries has raised alarm bells. Carey van Vlaanderen, CEO of ESET South Africa, says smaller chains, online gaming sites and their customers are equally susceptible. Fortunately, there are steps individuals can take to reduce the risk of their personal details being compromised.


Sophisticated cyberattacks, like the one reported by MGM Resorts in the United States, in which digital room keys stopped working and manual payouts were required for slot machines, are a stark reminder that cybercriminals are organised and highly skilled. However, it’s not only major international brands that have been compromised. Smaller entities have faced security breaches too. Another case in 2023 involved a ransomware attack on a small US-based casino chain. According to reports, hackers spent four months exploring systems after breaching the company network, via a targeted…

Read More
Business Culture News




The Senate Committee on National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) has commended the Agency for championing local content development of Solar-Powered smart irrigation, tricycles, electric motorbikes and others with accelerated technology transfer.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on NASENI Senator Ezenwa Francis Onyewuchi who led other members of the Committee on oversight function visit to NASENI Headquarters, Abuja on Monday February 26, 2024, expressed satisfaction, while being conducted by the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of NASENI, Mr. Khalil Suleiman Halilu round some of the NASENI products and facilities.

Other products inspected include animal feed processing machines and NASENI transformers, electric motorcycles and tricycles as well as the NASENI home and irrigation solar systems.

According to Senator Onyewuchi, “The committee is quite pleased with the level of progress and we want to assure NASENI of the support of the National Assembly to make sure that agency drives effectively the vision of the…

Read More
Business News

John Nwachukwu Leads ZORACOM’s Showcase of Nigerian Cybersecurity Expertise at MWC2024


ZORACOM, a leading organization in Nigeria’s cybersecurity and threat mitigation sector, proudly announces its representation at MWC2024, the continent’s premier technology event held in Barcelona, Spain. Headed by John Nwachukwu, the company’s main executive, ZORACOM’s expert team participated in this significant gathering to showcase its commitment to advancing cybersecurity solutions.

As part of ZORACOM’s dedication to continuous growth and collaboration in the technology sector, the company leveraged its presence at MWC2024 to engage with global technology leaders and forge strategic partnerships in the cybersecurity domain. This participation aligns with ZORACOM’s mission to deliver world-class solutions to its clients in Nigeria by staying abreast of the latest technological advancements.

Commenting on the event, John Nwachukwu stated, “We are proud to be among the few Nigerian tech firms represented at this prestigious event in Europe. ZORACOM is dedicated to reinventing itself and…

Read More
Business Economy

NITDA Director General Commends Ready To Lead Africa’s Innovative Technology Platform



The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) applauds the groundbreaking initiative of Ready To Lead Africa as they officially launch the “Follow the Promises” Web and Mobile App Technology platform. The event took place at the prestigious Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja, where NITDA’s Director General, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, was represented by Oladejo Olawunmi, the Director of the IT Infrastructure Solutions Department.

The “Follow the Promises” Web and Mobile App Technology platform stands out as a unique project designed to advance accountability in governance, encourage active participation in socio-economic development, and enhance transparency in public leadership. The platform aligns with NITDA’s commitment to fostering technological innovations that contribute to the overall development of the nation.

Ready To Lead Africa has successfully crafted a powerful tool that not only empowers citizens but also holds leaders accountable for their promises. This technological advancement exemplifies the synergy between the public and private sectors in…

Read More
Business Economy Events Society Tourism Travels

Direct Connectivity to London from Air Peace: Engaging Session with Travel Agents and Tour Brokers


Air Peace, Nigeria’s leading airline, is thrilled to announce the commencement of direct connectivity to London, scheduled for March 30, 2024. In preparation for this exciting milestone, Air Peace hosted an engagement session today with esteemed travel agents and tour brokers to discuss the new route and provide updates on key developments.

The session proved to be highly interactive and productive, with Air Peace representatives sharing detailed plans and receiving valuable feedback from the attending travel agents. The overwhelming attendance demonstrated the strong support and enthusiasm of the travel industry for this new service.

“We are delighted to have had the opportunity to engage with our valued travel agents and tour brokers,” said ]them aat Peace. “Their insights and collaboration are invaluable as we prepare to introduce direct flights to London. We sincerely appreciate their continued…

Read More