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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.
On Wednesday, 31st August, 2016, the Director-General/CEO, Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi led a delegation of FIIRO management team on courtesy visit to the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II. The DG/CEO in her opening remarks congratulated the Ooni of Ife on his installation as the Ooni of Ife and wish him divine wisdom as he leads the entire Yoruba Kingdom. She commended the Ooni for His economic empowerment initiative for youth and women most especially the widows through the Ife Youth Agropreneurship Programme with emphasis on agriculture and agro-processing.
Commenting further, the Dr. (Mrs.) G.N Elemo said this initiative could not have come at a more appropriate time than now when the federal government is focusing on agriculture and agro-processing to diversify the national economy in the wake of dwindling oil revenue. She was of the opinion that this great intervention by His Imperial Majesty will go a long way at addressing the problem of economic recession in the country, create sustainable employment and alleviate poverty. The DG/CEO presented a brief on the activities of the Institute since inception in 1956. She said the Institute has developed over 250 technologies since inception and has worked virtually on all agro-commodities in Nigeria processing them to shelf stable products for commercialization by the micro, small, medium and large enterprises. Dr. (Mrs.) Gloria Elemo said that the Institute would give technical support to ensure the success of the Ife Youth Agropreneurship Programme.
His Imperial Majesty in his response said that his believe in a better Nigeria is reaffirmed by the presentation by the DG/CEO FIIRO and assured that Nigeria will recover from the present economic challenges. He said he had wondered how the Ife Youth Agropreneurship Initiative would achieve success but he has seen a perfect partner in FIIRO to achieve his dream for the Initiative. The Ooni promised to be a mouth piece for FIIRO and to market the Institute where it matters both home and abroad. He further said that the country need to engage its citizens, particularly the youths in human capacity building and empowerment programmes to be able to achieve the expected economic growth.
Oba Ogunwusi commended the DG/CEO and the management team for the good work and the readiness to partner with the palace on the proposed economic empowerment programme. He urged local, state and federal government to partner with FIIRO to ensure rapid industrialization of Nigeria through promotion and utilization of indigenous technologies. His Majesty advised Nigerians of all cadre both low and high to patronize made in Nigeria goods so as to reduce dependence on imported goods, stimulate local production, and conserve foreign exchange.
In his concluding remarks, His Imperial Majesty gave his Royal blessing to the Institute, promised to engage the Institute annual on the Ife Youth Agropreneurship Summit. Earlier, the DG/CEO FIIRO presented a plaque to His Imperial Majesty as a mark of honor to register the visit of the Institute to the palace. The Ooni in return presented a large portrait of an African woman to the DG/CEO, Dr. (Mrs.) G.N Elemo and proclaimed her “Mama Africa”.
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.
The Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi, (FIIRO) has entered into a partnership with May and Baker Nigeria Plc with a view to improving healthcare delivery most especially to tackle the pandemic of malnutrition outbreak in the IDPs and to bring succor to over 40 million people suffering from sickle cell disease. The Director-General of FIIRO, Dr. (Mrs.) G.N Elemo revealed this during the courtesy visit by May and Baker Nigeria Plc to the Institute on Friday, 2nd September 2016.
Dr Elemo said that the Institute has developed Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods (RUFT) using a combination of indigenous crops to provide alternative to imported pulpy nuts currently in use for the treatment of acute severe malnutrition in Nigeria. She further said that the Institute has developed a nutraceutical product from two indigenous legumes and that the product has been tested scientifically and clinically with high efficacy for management of sickle cell anemia.
The DG/CEO thanked the management of May and Baker Plc for the interest the company has shown in the commercialization of the RUTF and the nutraceutical product. This she said has become imperative because of the urgent intervention required to arrest the rising cases of malnutrition in Nigeria as announced by the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) as well as increasing number of black people suffering from sickle cell disease due to improper and inadequate management.
Speaking at the event was the Director of the Extension and Linkage Department of the Institute, Dr Dele Oyeku who highlighted the mandate, activities and achievements of the Institute to May and Baker Plc team. He said the Institute prides itself as technology provider to the micro, small, medium and large enterprises in Nigeria. As such, the Institute has developed over 250 technologies since inception and has transferred some of these technologies to over 500,000 techno-entrepreneurs who have set up profitable enterprises based on the technologies acquired thereby creating millions of employment through direct and multiplier effect. He drew attention the attention of the May and Baker Plc team to other commercializable technologies at the Institute apart from the RUTF and the nutracetical product earlier promoted.
The May and Baker team commended FIIRO’s management on its various technological breakthroughs saying that the Institute is capable of deploying its technologies to assist in diversifying the economy especially now that most manufacturing concerns in Nigeria are looking inwards into new products development with high content of local raw materials. The team was amazed by the volume of processing machinery and equipment designed and fabricated at the Institute. The Institute was encouraged to maintain standard quality in its machinery design and fabrication in order to make them competitive and of international standard.
He also requested that the Institute should produce pharmaceutical grade starch from corn and cassava as substitute to imported starch used in the pharmaceutical industry.
In her response, Dr. (Mrs.) Elemo said that the Institute has produced various types of starch including modified starches from different sources including cassava, corn, rice, potato etc. She thanked the team for the visit and the collaboration opportunities they presented.
Prof. (Mrs) Gloria Elemo led a team of scientists and researchers to the Hilltop residence of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo (GCFR) to intimate him on the various landmark achievements of the Institute since the last time he visited FIIRO during his tenure as the President of Ngieria.
The challenge of diversification of the Nigeria economy and youth unemployment cannot be handled by government alone but through strategic partnership with relevant stakeholders. This was revealed by the Director General/CEO of Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO), Dr (Mrs.) Gloria N. Elemo at the Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony with Lions Club during the inauguration and public presentation of Lion Waheed Kadiri as the new District Governor of District 404B-1 on Saturday 20th August 2016, in Abeokuta Ogun State.
As a Guest Speaker during the occasion, Dr Elemo said that the techno-investment opportunities available in FIIRO could save the country billions of naira through reduction on importation of goods that the Institute has the capability to produce indigenously. The DG/CEO gave example of the cassava from which the Institute has developed over 25 commercial products including: high quality cassava flour to produce 20% cassava bread; industrial cassava starch (for pharmaceutical, food, textile and oil industries); glucose syrup to reduce importation of glucose into the country; cassava-based adhesives; industrial enzymes (from cassava peels); cassava-based noodles; amongst others.
Speaking earlier, Senator Adegbenga Kaka a former Deputy Governor of Ogun State who was the Chairman of the event urged the members of the Lions Club to embrace and invest in the indigenous technologies available in the Institute as a means of resolving the paradox of Nigeria’s unemployment crisis. He said FIIRO is about the most important Institution in Nigeria that has the capacity to bail out the nation out of its current economic crisis through diversification of the economy into agriculture and agro-processing.
Lion Waheed Kadiri thanked the DG/CEO of FIIRO and her team members for gracing the occasion and for the beautiful presentation on investment opportunities for diversifying the national economy. He promised that Lions Club will engage fully engage FIIRO on youth empowerment and also in assisting members of Lion Club to set up small and medium enterprises based on FIIRO technologies. The DG/CEO in her closing remarks, called for setting up of an Implementation Committee that should have a target of organizing a program per quarter.
The DG/CEO commended Lion Waheed Kadiri, a town planner for initiating programmes that will outlive his one year tenure of District Governor. Lion Waheed appreciated the enormous potential of FIIRO towards realizing his goal of serving the community through entrepreneurship empowerment.
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