The existing relationship between FIIRO and the private sector got a boost at the Centenary Lecture of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) held on October 3, 2013 at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island. The forum provided an opportunity for the Director General of FIIRO to inform the participants of some of the many R&D Technologies that have been developed in FIIRO and the impact they will make on our industrial revolution if they are taken up and commercialized. She therefore made a clarion call on the private sector to partner with the institute to fast track the industrialization of the country by looking inwards for technologies and solutions that provide comparative advantage to those sourced for from outside the country. The response from the participants was positive with some organizations expressing their interest to collaborate with the institute. Other fall outs from the lecture are:
1. Strengthening existing relationship with LCCI
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry has evolved as a prominent chamber in the private sector. FIIRO will strengthen its existing working relationship with the chamber in order to ensure that all the relevant sectors of the chamber in which the institute is involved continue to feel its impact.
2. Collaboration with Dangote Group
A channel of communication has been opened between FIIRO and Dangote Group that will lead to both organizations collaborating with each other in the near future to create more jobs for Nigerians.
3. Collaboration with UNIDO
The Country Representative of UNIDO, Dr. Patrick Kormawa, who was present at the forum, expressed the willingness for more collaboration with FIIRO in fast tracking the development of the industrial sector of the Nigerian economy.