Award Winning Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO) has unveiled its innovative solar steam boiler and other industrial equipment including a mobile garri processor at the Technology Innovation Expo in Enugu.
FIIRO, headed by Prof. Gloria Elemo recently emerged the most competitive research institute under the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, following the assessment of its research and patented works.
President Muhammadu Buhari, represented by the Secretary of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha and the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu and other stakeholders witnessed the public presentation of the innovative technologies by FIIRO .
In her presentation, FIIRO Director General, Prof Gloria Elemo, explained that the innovative solar steam boiler was primarily designed for process heating in food related industries, saying that it can be used in all major industrial sectors such as food and beverages, pulp and paper products, textile, chemical and other industries.
“Other FIIRO developed equipment that uses steam include: drum dryer, pasteurizer, parboiler, palm oil refining plant, ginger oleo-resin, essential oil distillation plant, fruit juice/paste concentrate ethanol processing plant, pulp and paper digester, blanching, sterilization and others. Steam provides heat and pressure for manufacturing processes.” Elemo explained.
Commending the effort of research institutes in the country that have been in the forefront of actualising the nation’s industrial revolution agenda, Mustapha Boss, speaking on behalf of President Buhari, noted that the government would ensure the creation of special intervention funds to drive science and technology in Nigeria.
He stated that the government has noticed the contributions of science and technology to national development and job creation.
“This exhibition showcases that science and technology can be used to solve human problems, and to also contribute to the national development. We will use effective promotion of science and technology to move Nigeria to the next level. The use of science and technology is improving job creation and national security.
“We would provide the policy frame work that will fast-track commercialization of all R&D results of the research institutes under the Ministry of Science and Technology.” He promised.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, said science, technology and innovation was the weapon needed to fight poverty, hunger, sickness and unemployment.
Onu noted that the economic recovery programme of 2017 – 2020 was a major responsibility of ministry of science and technology, stating that the ministry has in over three years, launched four key policies to drive the economic recovery process.
The Minister said; “We have deployed science and technology in our various natural resources exploration and export to other nations to enable us earn additional foreign exchange and to create more job opportunities for Nigerians, both young and old.”