You will never get enough funding, minister tells institute
Resource allocations to ministry, departments and agencies will never be enough, hence prudent management of the available resources would make greater difference between good and poor managers.
This was the advice of the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Adeleke Olurunmibe Mamora, to the management and staff of the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO), during a visit to the institute at the weekend.
Mamora said because there is perpetual scarcity of resources in comparison to human needs and want, resources would always be inadequate, calling on government agencies under the ministry to ‘’look inward and stop leakages.’’
He called on FIIRO to take back its lost glory in industrial research in a period when the country is in a desperate need for technological innovations for industrial development.
He advised that FIIRO should play a leadership role not only in research but also in resolving industrial crises.
“Industrial unrestis not limited to FIIRO, but because it is the oldest, it should play a leadership role in industrial conflict resolution with good examples.
“There will always be crises, but to minimise its impacts, there must be justice,” Mamora said.
Meanwhile, the Director-General of the institute, Dr (Mrs) Jummai Adamu Tutuwa, highlighted challenges of the institute, calling for more funding for research and development.
She said the institute had developed over 250 food post-harvest and small-scale industry technologies that, with more funding, could be escalated to empowered younger Nigerians and women for small-scale enterprises.
She called on the staff and their associations to be supportive of her administration to make greater impact in research, technology and innovation generation, product development and industrial peace.