The Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) commissioned an ultra-modern Phase ll office complex and state-of-art Raw Materials Resource Centre to create more jobs and income for the nation.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu said the federal government is doing everything possible to ensure that every Nigerian is proud of the country by providing creative ways to create wealth and reduce poverty.
Onu stated this at the commissioning of the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) Headquarters phase II and Raw Materials Resource Information Centre recently in Abuja
He further said, “What we are looking at is the future of our country, we want a Nigeria where every Nigerian will be very proud. This resource Centre is very important to the growth of this nation and it represents the future of our nation.
Speaking further, he said the Centre was almost like a museum because of the display of all the raw materials available in the nation, their location, their reserve and a lot more would be found in one spot.
“Investment opportunities will be made here, a business man or woman can see thus raw materials and take a decision in investing in using a specific raw material, that is what the resource Centre will do for us. This is critical because it is going to help in the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises. It is important to our diversification agenda because we are looking for how we can create more jobs and generate wealth for our people.
“This micro, small and medium enterprises will start small but have the capacity to grow into large enterprises, that is how to grow the economy, create wealth and fight poverty,” he added.
Earlier, the Director General RMRDC Prof. Hussaini Doko Ibrahim said the Resource Centre was an avenue to take the raw materials resources potentials of the nation closer to prospective Nigerian and foreign Investors by assembling the nation’s abundant raw materials resources under one roof as a value addition and utilization in the country.
“Over the years the RMRDC has kept faith with its relevant stakeholders in this regard by ensuring and encouraging the identification, development and utilization of strategic industrial raw materials value chain to boost competitiveness and increased GDP.