RMRDC, IBB varsity partners on development of raw materials in Nigeria

The Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) in collaboration with Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) University Lapai in Niger state, is set to beef up industrial capacity utilization of the nation’s natural raw materials to promote manufacturing of products by local industries in the country.

The Director General RMRDC, Prof. Hussaini Doko Ibrahim, said the collaboration with the university is in furtherance of a partnership that is centered on scientific and technological development and utilisation of raw material resources in Niger state.

The DG stated this during a working visit by the Vice Chancellor and his team to RMRDC on Wednesday in Abuja.

He further said that IBB University as a foremost research Centre is most suited to work with the Council in the area of value addition and capacity building based on the availability of competent researchers and research facilities.

He added that the partnership would lead to the development of industrial raw material in Niger state which will ultimately improve productivity and industrial capacity utilisation of raw material in the state by the manufacturing industries in the state in particular and Nigeria in general.

Ibrahim expressed the Council’s willingness to partner with the university in the development and location deposit of some industrial raw material such as marble, granite and gypsum which is said to be a major raw material for the production of cement.

Earlier, the Vice Chancellor IBB University, Prof.  Abu Kassim Adamu, said the partnership would add value to the university, RMRDC and Nigeria at large.

He said one of the major areas of concentration is the location analysis and characterisation of Nigeria’s gymsum and marble deposit as raw material of various industries in Nigeria.

He further stated that, “the other area of the diversification of share value chain is not only for research and teaching purposes but to empower the local community, and that will provide jobs for the teeming youths around, not only for Lapai town but its environs.”

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