By Stellamaris Ashinze, Lagos.
The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, on called enjoined the Federal Institute of Industrial Research (FIIRO), Lagos, to improve on the commercialisation of its innovations and new products.
The minister made the appeal during his maiden visit to FIIRO on Thursday in Lagos.
Mamora said that FIIRO had lots of innovations and products that were not commercialised for public consumption.
He reiterated that the essence of research and innovation was to make the society a better place.
“It is better to take a particular product and see it to a logical end, than having so many Innovations that are lying fallow.
“FIIRO is the oldest research institute and should not be allowed to be irrelevant.
“There is need to work as one to improve its status, and doing things differently will not bring progress,’’ he said.
The minister encouraged the staff of FIIRO to embrace principles that would foster enhanced productivity.
Mamora said that some of the principles were collaboration, cooperation, coordination, communication and cordiality, adding that efforts should be geared toward making them the guidelines in the workplace.
The minister, while reacting to the challenges earlier highlighted by Dr Jummai Tutuwa, the Director-General of FIIRO, said that the low value for research could be attributed to poor funding.
He reiterated that funding would always be an issue because there could never be enough funding due to competing needs.
He urged the management to limit wastages and block leakages.
Tutuwa, in her welcome address, told the minister that inadequate funding was a challenge facing the research institute.
“FIIRO is one of the oldest research institutions in the country and has contributed to research and development in the country.
“The inadequate funding of the institute has brought about the lack of finishing and commercialisation of many products,’’ she added.
The director-general, however, pledged the institute’s continuous loyalty to the Federal Government.