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ANCHOR UNIVERSITY INITIATES COLLABORATION WITH FIIRO

The Institute has recorded another milestone achievement in its collaboration effort at connective effectively to all its stakeholders. The Vice Chancellor of Anchor University Prof. J. O Afolayan in company of Prof Oladele Fatokun- the Dean Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences and the Ag. Librarian Pastor Zacchaeus B. Emmanuel paid a courtesy visit to the Institute on Tuesday, 31st July, 2018


The visit was facilitated by the Extension & Linkage Department of the Institute. The team was received by the DG/CEO and the Committee of Directors at the Institute's Conference Room. The DG in her welcome address assured the VC that Anchor University is in the right place; that the Institute is highly experienced in the issue of collaboration and has signed MoU with over 30 tertiary institutions and research Institutes both local and international. She informed the guests that the Institute is working with some of these institutions in the following areas: entrepreneurship to produce graduates who would be employers of labour rather than job seekers; joint research projects of mutual interest using the  state of the art facilities in the Institute's laboratories and workshops l; postgraduate and undergraduate internships; sabbatical leave and staff exchange program and so on. The VC Anchor University in his statement on the purpose of visit said that Anchor University desires to partner with FIIRO towards realization of the Outcome Based Education goal of the University with a view to  produce highly skilled and globally competitive graduates who would make a difference in nation development. He informed the meeting that Anchor University recently signed MoU with three  universities in UK, Germany and India and that FIIRO could also benefit from the relationships Anchor University is having with those universities. He said the University wants to hit the ground flying and so, the team has come with a draft MoU to formalize the collaboration. The DG in her response thanked the VC for the achievements of Anchor University within its short period of establishment. She assured the VC that the Institute is ready to work with Anchor University. She mentioned that the Institute has signed MoU with some faith-based universities like Covenant University, Landmark University and Mountaintop University. The DG also presented a draft MoU by the Institute  to the VC with the conclusion that soft copies of the draft MOUs should be exchanged for reconcilation and harmonization into a single draft for consideration of both Parties. The visit ended on a very good note with assurances to work together. Before, taken group photograph and tour of Institute's facilities, the Vice Chancellor signed the historic FIRO Visitor's Book.

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FIIRO TRAINS STAFF OF RAW MATERIALS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL ON PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

The Institute commenced one week training on PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT for 5 members of staff of the Raw Materials Research and Development Council on Monday 23rd July 2018.


The training was requested by the DG/CEO RMRDC to build capacity for Staff of the newly established Product Development Division at RMRDC. The one week program is fully loaded with modules designed based on Product Development experience at FIIRO from the perspectives of food products, biotechnology products, chemical products, polymer products, pulp and paper products, processing equipment etc. The training will be concluded tomorrow 27th July 2018 with an Industrial Visit to the Technology Incubation Centre, Agege- Lagos.

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DEUTSCHE GESELLSHAFT FUR INTERNATIONALE ZUSAMMENARBEIT (‘GIZ”) AND ROBERT BOSCH LIMITED (BOSCH PACKAGINGS’) TECHNICAL VISIT TO FIIRO

The Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO), Lagos between 25th -- 26th July 2017, received representatives from GIZ and Bosch Packaging on technical courtesy visit with intention to collaborate with the Institute in areas of common interest in a joint Cooperation Agreement to develop innovative cassava processing technologies to improve income for Nigerian micro, small and medium sized cassava processors, and to create additional employment.


The Director-General/CEO FIIRO, Prof Mrs. Elemo and some Directors received the delegation of the visiting organization comprising of Project Manager (Develop PPP- GIZ); Caroline Trimborn – Advisor (GIZ); Francis Omoniyi – Sales Director (Bosch Packaging); Jide Obasa – Sales Manager (Bosch Packaging); and Emmanuel Monn – Inclusive Business Models Advisor (GIZ).  

The Director-General/CEO welcomed the delegation to the Institute. She thanked the representatives of GIZ and Bosch Packaging for seeking to collaborate with FIIRO in the area of cassava processing to provide innovative solution to cassava processors so as to increase their income and provide employment. A brief presentation on the history, mandates, and achievements of the Institute was made, with emphasis on how the Institute has spurred industrialization in the different sectors of Nigerian economy through development and commercialization of indigenous technologies. On the team’s request for collaboration in the area of cassava processing, the DG/CEO intimated the guests that FIIRO pioneered Cassava Processing R&D in Nigeria and has developed over 25 commercializable products from cassava. She also mentioned that the Institute has worked on virtually all agro-commodities available in Nigeria and has developed process technologies to convert them to shelf-stable products thereby reducing post-harvest losses in Nigeria.

GIZ made a presentation on the concept note stating the objective of the collaboration. They intimated that the project concept is to develop simple mobile and stationary cassava processing units for both small and medium sized cassava processors. The small sized unit will comprise of a tricycle with a trailer carrying the basic cassava equipment mainly the hammer mill, hydraulic press and a source of power. They sought the interventions of FIIRO to develop a hammer mill that can handle both coarse and fine grinding/milling. The issue of fermentation rack was also discussed and agreed to be a component of the processing units. A draft Operational work plan was discussed and accepted with input by all the parties indicating responsibilities or obligations of each of the parties.

Bosch Packaging in their presentation emphasized the need for effective packaging of products coming out from the processors such as gari, fufu, starch, Bosch Packaging. 

Prof. (Mrs.) G.N Elemo supported by other FIIRO Directors later led the guests on a guided tour of Cassava Processing Pilot Plant, Technology Transfer Training Pavilion, Exhibition Dome and other facilities of interest to the guests. It was  concluded that there is need to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to provide a strategic guide for the tripartite collaboration. It was also agreed that the MoU will be signed by the Hon. Minister of Science and Technology, Country Director of GIZ and the Managing Director of Bosch Packaging in the first week of September, 2017.

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NIGER STATE SHEA SECTOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME PARTNERS FIIRO ON VALUE ADDITION

FIIRO in pursuance of its program on strategic collaboration with relevant organizations and agencies for effective delivery of its mandate received the Executives of the Niger State Shea Sector Development Program on courtesy visit on Thursday 26th July 2018.

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The Committee of Directors joined the DG/CEO Prof Mrs G.N Elemo to receive the guests. The DG in her welcome speech thanked the leadership of NSSSDP (namely, Prince Ajibola Oluyede - Chairman; Anabel- Vice Chairman and Yosola- Secretary) for the request to partner with FIIRO. The DG said Shea is another gold that is capable of turning around the economy of Nigeria through the development of the Cosmetic and the Pharmaceutical industries. She also mentioned that Nigerians can earn a lot of foreign exchange through export of value added Shea products. Having talked extensively on the activities of the Institute in the area of Shea processing especially value addition along the Shea value chain, the DG assured the organization of the Institute's readiness to partner with NSSSDP to achieve its set goals. The Chairman of NSSSDP in his response thanked the DG for the opportunity for the courtesy visit. He presented a brief on the activities of NSSSDP which he said it's a private driven organization but an initiative of the Niger State government. He said NSSSDP would like to partner with FIIRO on value addition along the whole value chain of Shea including the pulp/fruit, nut etc and on development of appropriate processing equipment suitable for the micro, small and medium enterprises amongst others. As suggested by the Director - E&L, the meeting agreed on the need to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to provide strategic guide for the collaboration. The meeting ended on a very good note with assurances from both parties to work together.

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LIBERIAN DELEGATES VISIT FIIRO

The Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO), received delegates from Liberia on a courtesy visit to the Institute on Wednesday, 24th May, 2017. The visit which was facilitated by Mrs. Medinat Adetunji, a Consultant to the African Development Bank (AfDB), had Mr. Patrick T. Worzie, the Assistant Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Liberia as the leader of the delegation. The visit was to seek collaboration between government of Liberia and its relevant agencies with the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi on matters of industrialization, utilizing existing and well established technologies already developed at the Institute to promote national and socio-economic development.


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