The Management of FIIRO played host to NIFST’s Industry- Linkage Committee on May 12, 2014. The committee was led by Mr. Wole Toye. In her welcoming remarks, Dr. Gloria Elemo congratulated NIFST for the success of its last Annual Conference held in Abuja. She gave an insight into some of the projects and activities of FIIRO that may be of interest to NIFST some of which are:
- Close work with Flour Millers and CAVA (Cassava: Adding Value for Africa) in the promotion of High Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF). She mentioned the work in progress in reference to having a standard recipe for the 10% cassava inclusion and the potential role for NIFST to support the standardization of HQCF recipes. She also mentioned the preparation of a draft bill on the adoption of HQCF for the National Assembly. FIIRO’s close work with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) on its cassava value chain expansion initiatives through the Cassava Transformation Agenda was also highlighted.
2. The standardization of locally fabricated food processing equipment informed a Fabricators Conference organized by FIIRO in 2012 to discuss how best to go about the process. There is also an on-going research to upgrade the design of the locally fabricated pepper grinder to “cutting and chopping” in a bid to reduce contaminants- primarily consisting of iron and magnesium. She stressed that the challenges faced by processing equipment fabricators must be solved locally as indigenous peculiarities often indicate why imported equipment are often not fit for use. Dr. Elemo also intimated the visitors of the interest of United Nations Industrialization & Development Organisation (UNIDO) in standardizing locally fabricated equipment and its collaboration with FIIRO in achieving this.
3. The on-going plan to establish an Industrial Enzyme Centre in FIIRO to support local production efforts and reduce enzyme importation to conserve foreign exchange was highlighted. She also informed the delegation that seven industrial enzymes have been developed by FIIRO and ready for scaling up to pilot scale.
4. In the area of accessing funding for SMEs, FIIRO is working with Oxfam Impact Investments to support FIIRO trained SMEs in the food processing sector.
Recapping FIIRO’s long standing relationship with NIFST, she mentioned how the first Nigerian Director of FIIRO, Dr. Isaac Akinrele happened to be the founding President of NIFST. She also expressed the view that the committee’s visit to the institute will help to see possible areas for collaboration and linkage in the food industry.
Mr. Toye in response expressed his appreciation to the DG and management for receiving his team. He gave a brief history of the Industry-Linkage Committee which was formed three years ago with the primary goal of refocusing NIFST on its primary objective of enhancing the progress of the food industry. Some of the highlights of the information and views expressed by members of the committee include;
1. The upcoming annual meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) in New Orleans the United States in August and that of International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) holding in Montreal Canada. The NIFST-Industry Linkage committee felt it may be expedient for NIFSTers in FIIRO interested in attending the conferences to leverage on NIFST’s assistance for their registration and other logistics.
2. The effort to standardize locally fabricated food processing equipment as well as the establishment of an industrial enzymes centre were commended and some members of the committee expressed their interest in collaborating with the Institute on the industrial enzyme project.
3. The recent inauguration of a Food Directorate in NAFDAC with the support of NIFST and the Food Industries in Nigeria was also highlighted as a platform that can be used to promote FIIRO’s technologies.
4. The itinerary of the Industry-Linkage Committee will also be made known to FIIRO so that it can be used as a platform to sell its R&D.
In her concluding remarks, Dr. Elemo expressed the following views,
- The need for a closer relationship between NIFST and FIIRO.
- FIIRO has been on a commercialization drive backed by public enlightenment for the past three years. However given the expensive nature of publicity and with FIIRO being a Government Organisation, the Institute is constrained to operate within its budgetary allocations.
- She acknowledged that the presence of NIFST, NICAPMA and similar organizations within the premises of FIIRO were integral to FIIRO’s strength as a Food Research Institute.
- Channels for collaboration with FIIRO on industrial enzymes production can be explored by parties interested.
- FIIRO has been initiating industrial visits to food companies towards building a closer working relationship with them.
The Techno-Entrepreneurship Division of FIIRO already reaches out to NYSC members and other potential target groups such as individuals in the pre-retirement phase, women, secondary school students and youths to get them familiar with the opportunities available for self-employment.
About 5% of the worlds population is affected with haemoglobin disorders with an estimated 300,000 babies born with severe haemoglobin disorders annually in Africa and about 150,000 of them are Nigerians. Statistics have also shown that over 40 million Nigerians are sickle cell gene carriers.
To ameliorate the suffering of the people suffering from sickle cell disease, the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi initiated a programme on development of nutraceutical products (Food supplement) and has developed some novel nutraceutical products suitable for the management of sickle cell anaemic condition.
In order to enhance the development of the products, the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi in collaboration with Temitayo Awosika Help Foundation organized a Roundtable Scientific Meeting to subject the products to expert critique on Tuesday, 19th August, 2014 at Akinrele International Auditorium, FIIRO. The theme of the meeting is Improving Sickle Cell Anemia Management- The Nutraceutical Approach
The Meeting was well attended by distinguished experts; some of which are:
- The Chairman of the occasion
Mr. Sule Ozenua Chairman, Temitayo Awosika Help Foundation (TAHF)
- Keynote Speakers:
- Prof. Francis O. Shode, Durban University of
Technology, South Africa;
- Dr. Paul Orhii- the Director-General/CEO, NAFDAC.
- Dr. Olu Awosika Founder, TAHF and Chief Medical Director, Med-In Specialist Hospital.
- Chairman of the Technical Session
- Technical Paper Presenters:
- Dr. (Mrs.) G.N Elemo, DG/CEO FIIRO.
- Viola Nwachukwu
- Ochuko L. Enukainure
- Special Guests of Honour
- Professor Kaoje Abubakar, Former Minister, Federal Ministry of Science and Technology.
- Dr. Leke Pitan, Former Commissioner of Health, Lagos State.
- Prof. Akin Osibogun, Chief Medical Director, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).
- Dr. Okujagu, DG/CEO, Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency.
- Distinguished invited experts present at the meeting include:
- Dr. Bazuaye G.N
University of Benin Teaching Hospital,
Benin, Edo State.
- Prof. Awodu A
University of Benin Teaching Hospital,
Benin, Edo State.
- Dr. Ocheni Sunday
- Dr. Ogbe O
- Dr. Anthony Oyekunle
- Prof. M.O Kehinde
Department of Medicine,
LUTH, Idi-Araba, Lagos
- Dr. Sola Olowoseku
Department of Medicine,
LUTH, Idi-Araba, Lagos
- Dr. A. Adediran
Department of Medicine,
LUTH, Idi-Araba, Lagos
- Prof. Chris Bode
LUTH, Idi Araba, Lagos.
- Dr. K.S Okunade
LUTH, Idi Araba, Lagos.
- Dr. Solanke Ayomide
Department of Medicine,
LUTH, Idi-Araba, Lagos
- Dr. (Mrs.) D.N Dike
- Dr. Kenneth U. Nwaeze
University of Lagos, Lagos.
- Dr. C.C Igwe
- Dr. (Mrs) O.B Oluwole
- Dr. (Mrs) Funmi Oladunmoye
- Dr. (Mrs.) Oyin Olaokun
- Dr. Oluwatoyin Taiwo
- Dr. T.M Balogun
Department of Haematology,
Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH),
- Dr. Awagu Elizabeth
- Dr. Bassey Isangedighi
- Dr. Chris Adewale
- Dr. Asoro Iro
Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, Lagos
- Dr. I.A Akinbami
Department of Haematology,
Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH),
- Dr (Mrs.) Ngozi Imaga
Department of Biochemistry,
LUTH, Idi Araba, Lagos.
- Dr. Dosunmu Adedoyin
Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos
- Prof. Martins
- Dr. A.K Lawal
- Dr. Oribayo Funke
LUTH, Idi Araba, Lagos.
- Prof. Philip Olatunji
Shagamu, Ogun State
- Prof. Akinsete
- Mordi J.I
- Dr. Chika Ezeanyanso
- Dr. Ajani S.A
- Kunle Opakunle
The MD/CEO Bank of Industry Mr Rasheed Adejare Olaoluwa paid a courtesy visit to the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi in order to enhance Linkage between Innovation Centres and Industry.
This necessitated discussions on collaboration and mutual agreement on various national issues to drive social-economic development for the sustenance of enterprises especially Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Nigeria.
The salient points were viewed as a step in the right direction for the actualization of the common heritage and mandate of the two organisations especially in the areas of financing investments in locally developed technologies. This is expected to accelerate economic advancement through job creation, poverty alleviation and youth & women empowerment based on value addition in agro-allied industries for the industrialization of Nigeria.
The salient points are listed as follows:
- Partnership between FIIRO and BOI on the design and establishment of job creation opportunities in Nigeria; this includes the use of FIIRO’s book on Investment Opportunities for Job Creation in 774 Local Government Areas of Nigeria: Based on FIIRO-Technologies and BOI’s program on Three Technologies per Local Government for Wealth Creation All Over Nigeria.
- To understudy FIIRO’s Industrial Profiles on various technologies for commercialization in Nigeria.
- Collaboration on linking and presenting of FIIRO’s technologies to the market.
- Promotion of FIIRO’s technologies through partnership with BOI
- FIIRO’s involvement in the creation of an ecosystem by BOI for the industrial development of Nigeria.
- Enhancing capacity building for FIIRO’s accredited fabricators towards the standardization of fabricated machineries and equipment with improved finishing.
- Partnering FIIRO in business support services for the training of BOI’s beneficiaries.
- BOI involvement of FIIRO in the proposed agro-processing summit.
In a bid to direct further attention on industrialization of the country through MSME development, the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO) organized an Investment and Technology Week held between 14th & 17th October, 2014.
The Investment and Technology week was conceived by the Institute in order to achieve the following;
(i) To show case the Institute’s over 250 developed technologies and how they can become useful in the 774 Local Government Areas in Nigeria to create jobs and reduce unemployment drastically;
(ii) To bring together stakeholders in the commercialization of R&D results such as; captains of industry, investment promotion agencies, technology providers, MSME support institutions, financial institutions, development partners, policy makers, investors, youth organizations and NGOs amongst others in a bid to transfer these technologies into the marketplace;
(iii) Create opportunities for setting-up about 2,500 – micro, small and medium enterprises. To generate more than 250,000 jobs and attract about $575M Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into Nigeria within the next one year.
The week-long event was declared open on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, by His Excellency Arch. Namadi Sambo GCON, Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria who represented the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR.
Dignitaries in attendance at the opening ceremony include the Honorable Minister of Industry, Trade & Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga, Chairman of the occasion, Dr. Oba Otudeko CFR, Chief Olabode George, and a host of others.
The Chief Host and Minister FMST, Dr. Abdu Bulama was represented by the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Science & Technology, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita. The Chairman of the Governing Board of FIIRO, Dr. Alex Obi and other members of the Board were also in attendance.
As part of activities marking the week, beneficiaries of FIIRO technologies exhibited their products and services to the public. Financial institutions such as the Bank of Industry (BoI) and Reg-Charles Finance & Capital Limited were also on ground. Sister agencies such as the Raw Materials Research & Development Council (RMRDC), Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency (NNMDA) and Nigeria Building & Road Research Institute (NBRRI) participated in the exhibitions. Other exhibitors from Nigerian Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (NASME), Technology Incubation Centre Lagos, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) also took part in the event. Others include Honeywell Flourmills, Niji Foods, Hicmann, Nigeria Cassava Growers Association (NCGA), Survival Food Nigeria Limited, Remita, S. Addis Agricultural Engineering Ltd., Mutosefiti farms etc.
On display at the exhibition pavilion were products, machineries and equipment for the processing of a wide array agro-produce. There were 87 companies in all that participated in the exhibition with 50 of them representing direct beneficiaries of FIIRO’s developed technologies.
The Technical Departments in the institute were assigned specific days to showcase the technologies developed by each of the departments and their viability for industrial scale up.
The Project Development & Design (PDD) department had a demonstration session on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 of the various equipment prototypes it has in stock for the food and agro-allied industry. There was a Technical Session to discuss the theme: “Prototype equipment development for the growth of MSMEs for industrialization”. The event attracted engineering practitioners, technologists and fabricators.
The Keynote Speaker was Engr. (Dr.) Samson Makinwa, CEO, Techno-Quip Ltd, who lamented the under-funding of most research institutions and the failure to commercialize many ground-breaking inventions. He stated that there are equipment prototypes that are locally designed and fabricated by both government agencies and private engineering concerns that can be used to engage the Nigerian unemployed population with an amazing outcome. He also identified non-availability of fabrication materials, incessant power outages, lack of patronage and support from government as some of the challenges militating against the local production of equipment prototypes. He therefore advocated that the power sector be revamped immediately for optimum performance if Nigeria is to rank among the top 20 economies of the world by the year 2020. In conclusion, he identified low interest bank loans and support for local fabricators through the provision of incentives and waivers as some of the other means by which fabricators could be assisted.
The role of research institutions in the socio-economic development and wellbeing of the nation came to the fore during the Investment Day which was held on Wednesday October 15, 2014. The theme for the day was; Technology & Innovation for Entrepreneurship and MSME Development.
Speakers and discussants were drawn from the academia, organized private sector and research institutions. The lead paper titled: The role of technology and innovation in entrepreneurship development for job creation in the 21st century was presented by Dr. Willie Siyanbola, Associate Professor Centre for Energy Research & Development (CERD), and immediate past Director General/CEO National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM), Obafemi Awolowo University, (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State. Dr. Siyanbola’s paper essentially identified the conditions for economic growth as synergy, transferability of innovation and relevance. He suggested the Triple Helix Approach (THA), whereby government through its agencies and parastatals collaborate and work closely with the academia/research institutions and industry for economic growth and development.
Discussants then took turn to share their opinions on the topic. The session was chaired by the Director General of National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Dr. Umar Bindir.
The second paper presentation on the topic; Financing innovation and sustainable policies for locally developed technologies to industries in Nigeria was delivered by Mr. Rasheed Olaoluwa, the Managing Director of Bank of Industry. He identified four major avenues for financing new innovations as owner’s equity, friends, family and retained profits. Of the four avenues so identified, he stated that the role played by venture capitalists, Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) and grants are key to the success of MSMEs involved in new innovations and technologies.
Mr. Olaoluwa noted that BoI has been in the forefront of DFIs financing MSMEs by way of equity contribution as well as provision of short term to long term financing. He also noted that policies play a role in setting the parameters by which actors take decision about learning, investment and innovation. He further observed that when it comes to financing innovation and local technologies, there is a noticeable gap in government policies and research. His recommendation was that government needs to formulate policies that will encourage private sector participation in the financing of innovative ideas and this should be targeted at the creation of more venture capitalists to assist existing DFIs. Policies such as low interest loans to venture capitals that support small businesses, financial incentives such as tax waivers, equity guarantees, and loan guarantees to Technology Based Firms were also recommended for consideration in government’s policy direction.
In commemoration of the World Food Day on Thursday, October 16th, 2014, the Food Technology Department in collaboration with the Nigerian Institute of Food Science Technology (NIFST) brought together experts and professionals in food and nutrition security to discuss its keynote presentation in an interactive panel discussion. The theme was; Food, Health and Wealth, with special attention on Convenience Foods. Invited dignitaries and guests included Chief Olusegun Osunkeye who chaired the event, Prof. Gbenga Ogunmoyela of Bells University, Prof. Lateef Sanni, President NIFST and a host of others. The keynote Speaker called for the fortification and enrichment of convenience foods in order to meet up with dietary needs and requirements. He also stressed the importance of proper nutrition at all ages, stating that full mental capacity may never be attained where there are deficiencies in dietary requirements. He then called on food processors and manufacturers of convenience foods to consider portability, taste, appropriateness, smell and cost of convenience foods in relation to the consumer and the immediate environment.
On the panel of discussants were Dr. Kenny Acholonu of Bio-organics Nutrients System Limited, Dr. Mani Rabe, Deputy Country Representative of FAO, Mr. Larry Umunna, Country Director, GAIN Nigeria, Dr. Rasaki Sanusi of University of Ibadan, Mr. Duro Kuteyi of Spectra Industries, and Mr. Dayo Adeniyi of Honeywell Flour Mills. They all took turns to share their views on the theme for the day.
The Chemical Fibre and Environmental Technology Department (CFET) also had its day on the 16th of October, 2014. A Technical Session was held on the theme; National Industrial Revolution Plan: The Role of R & D’. The Speaker was Engr. Oladipo Odunjinrin, a Special Assistant to the Honorable Minister of Industry, Trade & Investment. The occasion was chaired by Mr. Bayo Oshobo who represented Dr. Frank. S. Udemba-Jacobs, President Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN). Engr. Odujirin spoke on the impact of industrialization, which in his view includes the creation of national wealth, increased employment, improvement in the standard of living and promotion of export.
He also explained that the Nigerian Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP) is a programme designed to industrialize Nigeria. It is the Nation’s first comprehensive, integrated and strategic roadmap to industrialization. The NIRP will create wealth, job opportunities, improve the country’s trade balance, and increase tax revenue. He also mentioned the issue of low funding, low utilization of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and low level of commercialization as part of constraints in promoting R & D through industrialization.
A second session on Investment Opportunities in FIIRO’s Non-Food R & D was facilitated by 3 presenters – Ms. Oluwaseun Ishola, Engr. Folake Oyewole and Ms. Adunola Bello. Ms. Ishola spoke on Investment opportunities in Pulp and Paper, while Engr. Oyewole spoke on both Investment opportunities in the chemical & agro-allied sector and in the polymer & textile sector. Ms. Bello concluded with a presentation on the Investment opportunities in Packaging.
Stakeholders have identified innovation and entrepreneurship as key components for industrialization and wealth creation. This much was revealed during the Biotechnology Day on Friday October 17, 2014. In his key note presentation on the theme; Innovation and Entrepreneurship as Key for Wealth Creation and National Industrialization, Dr. Augustine Okoruwa of GlaxoSmithKline stated that in addition to basic commodities, the demand for high value crops and processed products has increased due to a rapidly expanding global market. The increase in demand for safe, higher value and differentiated agricultural products has created opportunities for farmers and entrepreneurs in agribusiness. He also explained that consumer demand for high quality and safer convenience foods has led to a differential in prices between consumer food products and farm produce. Collectively these changes contribute to a shift in the way food is produced, processed and sold and ultimately this results in increased waste generation and the urgent need for its proper management. The session was chaired by Prof. Lucy Ogbadu, Director General of National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA).
The curtains came down on the FIIRO Investment and Technology week on the 17th October, 2014 with a colourful closing ceremony that was witnessed by special guests, beneficiaries of FIIRO technologies, representatives of the organized private sector and members of staff.
Chairperson of the closing ceremony, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita urged participants to buy into FIIRO’s technologies. The DG/CEO in her closing remarks emphasized that the purpose for which the investment and technology week was conceived would be fully achieved if entrepreneurs and would be investors partner with FIIRO to commercialize all its developed technologies.
A special event took place on Thursday, July 31, 2014 when FIIRO played host to the very first Executive Director of The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), to visit the institute, Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo. The visit was initiated as a follow up to two earlier meetings between him and Director General of FIIRO, Dr. Gloria Elemo in Lagos as well as in South Africa a few months ago. The visit gave FARA Executive Director an opportunity to have a first-hand look at some of the Research and Development Technologies developed in the institute.
Dr. Akinbamijo also made a presentation on the Systemic Analysis of Africa’s Agricultural Transformation: Extending the frontiers of Africa’s agri-food systems. The heart of the lecture looked at where Nigeria is as of today and where it ought to be compared to advancement in the application of Science and Technology in other African countries. He advocated for a more proactive approach in the use of modern technologies to drive the agricultural sector in other to enhance the food security status of the country. He shared the various experiences he had in some other African countries and how FIIRO can play a leading role in fast tracking a positive change in reducing the food import bill of the country.
Dr. Akinbamijo also mentioned the various channels FARA is making use of to enlighten policy makers on the need to give their full weight to every effort to drive agriculture through STI and put more money in the pocket of African farm businesses. Part of such efforts is the High Level Food Security Study visit being coordinated by FARA, of some policy makers and top government functionaries in selected African states to Cuba. The initiative was muted in order for the delegation to share from the experience of Cuba and how the nation was able to transit from a country that used to experience food shortages to a self-sufficient one.
FARA is also presenting some other platforms through the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) for FIIRO to come on board as a partner with other organizations working with FARA.
Dr. Gloria Elemo commended the various strategies being adopted by FARA to combat the monster of food shortages in various parts of Africa. She expressed her willingness to make FIIRO a major player in the bid to reverse the trend of spending tons upon tons of foreign exchange on food importation into Africa.
On Monday, 11th May, 2015, the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi received the West Africa Agricultural Productivity (WAAPP) Supervision/Support Team on a Working Visit. The team was led by Dr. Sheu Salau who is the WAAPP Regional Task Team Leader from the World Bank. Also in the team were: Dr. Lucas Akapa, WAAPP Coordinator from CORAF/WECARD; Prof. Chikwendu Damain, National Coordinator, WAAPP Nigeria and Dr. Kadir Osman Gyasi, the National Coordinator, WAAPP Ghana.
Dr. (Mrs.) Gloria N. Elemo, the Director-General/CEO of the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO) in her welcome address, alluded to the objective of WAAPP teams visit which was to review the progress of implementation of WAAPP projects with the various collaborating organizations with WAAPP of which FIIRO is a Major stakeholder.
She also stressed that WAAPP-Nigeria has been a very strategic partner to FIIRO because of her mandate most especially in the R&D on food and agro-processing technologies which is in tandem with the objective of WAAPP while stating that no other Institution in Nigeria can serve this purpose better than FIIRO.
She also appreciated WAAPP for the approvals the Institute got from the organization to execute the following projects:
- Training in the Six geo-political zones on the following technologies:
High Quality Cassava Flour
Odourless Fufu Flour
Instant Pounded Yam Flour
Kunu Production and Preservation
Zobo Production and Preservatio
2. Publication of Promotional documents to enhance information dissemination for enterprise creation.
Publication of 19 Industrial Profiles on selected agro-processing technologies.
Booklet on Industrial Projects Opportunities in 50-agro-processing Technologies in FIIRO.
3. R&D in the following projects:
Characterization of IPYF produced from selected yam species in yam growing region in Nigeria.
Development of appropriate process technology for drying fresh tomatoes into powder and its utilization dehydrated source premix for instant stew preparation.
Production of rice milk and rice crisp from broken rice
Production of high quality phytase from local substrates for application in animal feeds.
Development of process technology for dehydration of mango powder and leather
Dr. Sheu Salau (Regional WAAPP Task TeamLeader, World Bank), in his address stressed that FIIRO is a very serious result-driven institution and alluded to the fact that WAAPP and FIIRO have a lot in common thereby assuring FIIRO of the readiness of World Bank and WAAPP to collaborate with her. He also promised to link the Institute with various other donor organizations that are relevant to efficient and effective delivery on its mandate.
The team made the following comments, observations and suggestions:
- FIIRO to use geographical spread of WAAPP as a platform to publicize its R&D breakthroughs.
- FIIRO to partner more with industry most especially key players in the food and pharmaceutical industries.
- FIIRO to collaborate with Ministries of Health and Industry on its High Nutrient Density Biscuit and Drinks for school feeding programme which is a priority programme of the incoming government.
- FIIRO to work with Commercial Agriculture Department of World Bank especially in the area of packaging and to engage more Donor organizations to fund the Institutes R&D projects.
- The need to engage Corporate Marketers and Consultants to market the Institute R&D output to industries.
- The need to work more with organizations that support agriculture and agro-processing such as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Bank of Agriculture (BoA) etc.
- The need to address some of the policies hindering the operations of the Institute through the reviewed Act establishing the Institute.
- The need for continuously emphasis on the opportunities that exist at the Institute for enterprise promotion and development and to embark on aggressive commercialization of the Institutes numerous R&D results
- The need for more regional collaboration with relevant institutions.
- The need for the Institute to begin to see opportunities in its current challenges and to properly package such to reposition the Institute strategically for the incoming administration.
The DG/CEO in her closing remarks thanked the team for their various comments and suggestions and promise that she would set up a committee to look at the various suggestions with a view to implementing them to enhance the performance of the Institute to make it to deliver effectively and efficiently on its mandate.
Finally, the team expressed satisfaction in the Institutes activities and leadership and concluded that the Institute has all it takes to execute all the approved WAAPPP projects.
It is a common knowledge that there are many recipes for cassava bread developed by various institutions in Nigeria. Some have come up with cassava bread recipe including egg, milks etc which make such recipes unprofitable and more importantly unsustainable. The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has sponsored many trainings for Master Bakers with each training institution sometimes using their own recipes to train. This has raised the issue of standardization of recipes which the Hon. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development bought into and directed the Institute to carry out Cassava Bread Recipe Confirmation Exercise with all stakeholders in attendance with a view to evolving a national recipe for cassava bread.
This exercise was carried out at FIIRO on Thursday, 14th August, 2014. In attendance at the programme are:
- Hon. Minister, Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Dr. Abdu Bulama ably represented by Dr. Okujagu- the Director-General/CEO, Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency.
- Hon. Minister, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina ably represented by Mrs. Medinat Adetunji, the Senior Technical Adviser to the Hon. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.
- Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Science and Technology.
- Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
- Director-General/CEO- National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
- Director-General/CEO-Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON).
- Director-General/CEO-Consumer Protection Council, Nigeria.
- Executive Secretary, Flour Milling Association of Nigeria.
- Country Manager, Casava: Adding Value for Africa.
- National President Master Bakers Association.
- Lagos State Chairman of Master Bakers Association.
- National President Nigerian Cassava Growers’ Association.
- Lagos State Chairman of Nigerian Cassava Growers’ Association.
- President, Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology.
- President, National Cassava Processors and Marketers Association.
- Director-General, National Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture.
- Director-General, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industries.
- Fifty Master Bakers.
After the opening ceremony, the technical session commenced with 50 bakers and two representatives of the Flour Milling Association of Nigeria for baking exercise. Cassava bread was baked at various levels of inclusion including 10%, 15% and 20% even though 20% level of inclusion has been agreed by all stakeholders as sustainable level of inclusion.
This exercise was a-week long programme to provide answers to all frequently asked questions on cassava bread through shelf life study; chemical and microbiological analyses; sensory evaluation; rheological and physical properties tests; glycemic index (GI) study and so on.
On Saturday, 13th June, 2015, the DG/CEO, Dr. (Mrs.) Gloria Elemo honored the invitation of the Ubulu-Uku Youths Association, Delta State (Lagos Branch) to chair its 2015 Ubulu-Uku Youths Assembly at Piccadilly Suites & Hotels, Lekki-Lagos. The DG/CEO in her opening remarks said youths are the bedrock of any national economic development. She was of the opinion that the way we handle this vibrant, energetic group of people can make or mar our nation.
She further said that the major problem confronting the youths today is that of unemployment with about 1.8 million youths entering the labor market every year.
The DG/CEO noted that in developing economies like Nigeria, government is the largest employer of labour but recent employment indices have indicated that government alone cannot carry all the burden of employment generation.
She therefore, suggested that the best way to go now is to encourage our youths to develop entrepreneurial culture with assertion that entrepreneurship has been well acknowledged all over the world as the surest way for massive job creation.
The Keynote Speaker at the occasion, Dr. Chris Ogbechie of Pan African University/Lagos Business School and the Chairman of Diamond Bank spoke extensively on “Investments Opportunities and Job Creation for the Youths”.
The DG/CEO in her closing remarks introduced the participants to “Investments Opportunities Available at FIIRO for Youths Enterprise Development”. She concluded by saying that the Institute is willing to admit 50 of the youths who participated at the programme into the Institute’s National Techno-entrepreneurship Development Programme with major objective of youths and women empowerment.
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