Tuesday, April 23, 2024

FIIRO Advocates for Youths Employment Through Agric Technologies

The Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi, FIIRO has disclosed that if various technologies developed by research institutes and universities will be adopted, up-scaled and escalated to every local government, it will help youths to be gainfully employed and improve nation’s economy.

The Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi, FIIRO has disclosed that if various technologies developed by research institutes and universities will be adopted, up-scaled and escalated to every local government, it will help youths to be gainfully employed and improve nation’s economy.

The Director-General of FIIRO, Dr. Agnes Yemi Asagbra made this known while speaking about Technology and Innovation Expo 2022, organized recently by the Ministry of Science and Technology with the theme: Sustaining National Economic Growth Through Science, Technology and Innovation.

The expo is a yearly program of the Ministry aimed at commercializing research & development results, as well as showcasing products and services of inventors/ innovators, manufacturing sectors, research and tertiary institutions.

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The EXPO activities includes an opening ceremony, technical sessions, platforms for interaction between investors, innovators and researchers in order to build partnerships between researchers and investors in the country.

The FIIRO boss specifically called on states and local governments to take up the responsibility of industrializing various commodities in each local government by adopting value chain technologies.

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According to her, the institute alone has over 250 technologies developed in accordance to available local agro-based raw materials in 774 councils of the country, adding that FIIRO had produced over 25 cassava by-products to support the Federal Government school feeding program, as well as redefined bread and confectioneries sector to save Nigeria huge foreign exchange.

“As an indigenous institute, our research products are need-based and over the years, we have been able to find solutions for people’s technological advancement and with modern equipment, we can compete favorably with the outside world.” Asagbra said

Speaking also was the Director of Technology, FIIRO, Dr Adekunle Lawal, who noted that they do research using animals and man to meet the need of the end-users in agriculture and other sectors of the economy.

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