The Director-General/CEO, National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI), Dr. (Engr.) Mohammed, in company of Dr. Julie Momah, the Centre Manager of Technology Incubation Centre (TIC), Agege- Lagos visited FIIRO on Wednesday the 18th November, 2015 to initiate a partnership process with the Institute on commercialization of its newly designed and fabricated Stainless Steel Pepper Grinder. The project was embarked by FIIRO to address the issue of metal contamination resulting from the faulty design principles of most pepper grinding mills in the Nigerian market.
The DG/CEO FIIRO while demonstrating the use of the pepper grinder to her guests said that the machine is a hybrid mill with high efficiency for milling both dry and wet milled food products (not only pepper) with zero tolerance for contamination from the machine parts with noise pollution reduction to the barest minimum. The Team Leader of the project, Engr. Aremu in his contribution intimated the guests that the design of the pepper grinding mill conforms to both ISO and NIS standards.
At the end of the demonstration whereby the machine was adjudged excellent in performance, the two organizations agreed to work together to mass produce the pepper grinder especially to be used for the Federal Government Poverty Alleviation Programme as well as the Federal Constituency projects to reduce poverty especially among women and create jobs.
It was concluded at the end of the visit that there is a need for a partnership agreement to guide the commercialization process of the pepper grinder by the two organizations.