One of Nigeria’s oldest research institutes, Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi(FIIRO), in the commercial city of Lagos, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the United Kingdom-based Lancaster University.
FIIRO Director General, Dr. Gloria Elemo, said this during the third Distinguished Guest Speaker’s Lecture Series of the institute held on Wednesday in Lagos.
According to her, “We are hoping that with the collaboration, we will be able to develop our capacity, that is, exchange programme with the University especially in the area of industrial waste management.'
The theme of the lecture was “Sustainable Waste Management: The African situation and the need for simple and innovative interactions.”
She said the collaboration between both institutions would enhance the nation’s research and manpower capacity in waste management.
Under the MOU both institutions would embark on Ph.D programme for researchers designed to run in Nigeria and the UK for a period of three years in the area of waste utilization and waste management.
In the research project, the Nigerian situation will be taken as their case study for intensive study towards the management of industrial waste.
FIIRO was set up in 1956, with the mandate to assist in accelerating the industrialisation of the Nigerian economy through finding utilization for the country’s raw materials and upgrading indigenous production technologies.
It is to specifically identify and characterise local materials for use in industries, develop appropriate technologies, upgrade indigenous technologies in the area of food and agro-allied processing and in various non-food use among others.