Minister Commends RMRDC For Advancing Industrial Raw Materials Devt, Utilisation In Nigeria

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The Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology, Chief Uche Nnaji (right), the director-general, Raw Materials Research and Development Council, Prof. Hussaini Ibrahim flanked by other dignitaries during the facility tour of the council’s technology and innovation centres in Abuja

The Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology, Chief Uche Nnaji has praised the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) for its remarkable achievements in advancing the development and utilisation of Nigeria’s industrial raw materials.

He expressed his appreciation during a recent visit to the council’s technology and innovation centres in Abuja. The minister was particularly pleased with the impressive array of pilot plants established by the council, demonstrating the conversion and commercial viability of Research and Development (R&D) outcomes into industrial inputs and products.

Nnaji highlighted that these pilot plants span various industries and products, including paints, fertilisers, plastics, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food processing, personal protective equipment and more. He emphasised that these initiatives underscore the council’s commitment to expanding the frontiers of research, development and innovation in Nigeria, aligning with the ‘Renewed Hope’ agenda of the administration directed by President Bola Tinubu.

“As we are aware, the Federal Government, under the able leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in line with Presidential Executive Order No. 5, has directed the fast-tracking of the creation of technology and innovation centres across Nigeria’s six geopolitical zones. Replicating these centres nationwide will ensure broader access to and benefit from these groundbreaking technologies. These centres aim to enhance the public’s appreciation of the pivotal role of science, technology and innovation in Nigeria’s socio-economic evolution, transitioning us from a resource-based to a knowledge-driven economy.”

He further outlined the objectives of these centres, which include eliminating the siloed approach to current research and development activities, establishing a collaborative platform for scientists nationwide, fostering shared experiences, insights, and best practices, and providing a platform for showcasing and analysing research outcomes for potential patenting and commercialisation.

Nnaji encouraged RMRDC to maintain its admirable initiatives and explore opportunities to expand its impact, reaching more beneficiaries throughout the country. He also stressed the importance of collaboration between RMRDC and other stakeholders in the innovation ecosystem, such as universities, research institutes, the private sector, civil society, and development partners, in advancing these innovations.

The minister assured the council of the ministry’s full support and cooperation in advancing its noble mission, stating, “I look forward to working closely with you to ensure Nigeria becomes a hub of innovation and a leader in raw materials development in Africa and globally”.

He called upon various organisations, including the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), the Nigerian Association of Small-Scale Industrialists (NASSI), Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and other stakeholders, to seize these opportunities and collaborate. By working together, they can drive the adoption of these technologies, create new businesses, generate employment, and strengthen Nigeria’s position in the global market. Nnaji emphasised the time for action is now.

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