National Research Institute for Chemical Technology Bill scales 2nd reading at Senate

National Research Institute for Chemical Technology Bill scales 2nd reading at Senate

By Naomi Sharang, Abuja.

 

A bill seeking to establish the National Research Institute for Chemical Technology on Wednesday scaled the second reading at the Senate.

 

This followed the presentation of the lead debate on the general principles of the bill by its sponsor, Sen. Sadiq Suleiman (APC-Kwara), during plenary.

 

Leading the debate, Suleiman said that the bill was read the first time on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022.

 

He said that the bill sought to provide for establishment of a globally competitive and environmentally friendly research, development and innovation domain.

 

“This is in the processing and conversion of indigenous raw materials into valuable chemicals and petrochemical products for the development of chemical, biological and man-made fibre technologies for industrial application in Nigeria,” he said.

 

The senator said that the objectives of the institute were to undertake research and development activities on processes for the conversion of agricultural, mineral and other raw materials into useful chemicals.

 

Suleiman said that the institute would be a renowned centre of excellence in the fields of effluent monitoring and control, chemical, biological and man-made fibre technologies.

 

The President of the Senate, Sen. Ahmad Lawan, thereafter, referred the bill to the Senate Committee on Science and Technology for further legislative action.

 

The committee is expected to report back to the Senate in four weeks.

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