Following are the details of our awards:
FMST SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION EXPOSITION SERIES: A HISTORY OF AWARDS FOR RMRDC
As part of efforts to create an avenue to showcase developments in R&D activities by the country’s MDAs, higher educational institutions and the organized private sector (OPS), as well as to promote and showcase the achievements of science and technology as a culture and a driver for a knowledge-based economy (KBE), the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology (FMST) initiated the Technology and Innovation Exposition.
The specialized expo, which is an annual event, began in 2017 under the administration of the Honourable Minister of Science and Technology (HMST), Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu. The expo is a major instrument for measuring new and emerging advancements by the nation’s numerous researches and development-based institutions, including private individuals and public sector organizations in science, technology and innovation.
The expo has also witnessed the convergence of indigenous technologically induced innovations and inventions that can launch Nigeria into the realm of an anticipated technological growth and economic competitiveness if outcomes are properly harnessed.
The Raw Materials Research and Development Council won awards in the science and technology expo series since its inception in 2017 as follows:
- 1st edition (2017) at the Eagle Square, Abuja, RMRDC won 3rd position under the Research Institutes category for producing automotive brake pad for the auto industry using palm kernel shells
- RMRDC came third place under the Research Institutes category for its research and development breakthrough in the development of automotive brake pad from palm kernel shell. This R&D effort was instituted by the Council in partnership with a researcher from the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife and Star Auto Company Limited, an auto spare parts manufacturer based in Lagos State. The research effort seeks to replace the traditional asbestos material as friction material with an organic and environmentally efficient material for the production of automotive brake pad and lining for the automobile industry.
- 2nd edition (2018) at the Eagle Square, Abuja, RMRDC won the 2nd position under the Research Institutes category for producing technology for kilishi processing
RMRDC participated in the 2nd edition of the annual science and technology expo held at the Eagle Square. It clinched 2nd prize under the research institutes category for its research and development effort in developing a technology for Kilishi processing. Out of the 360,000 tonnes of beef consumed annually in Nigeria, approximately 20% is used for kilishi production. However, the traditional process technology involves drudgery, the products have poor aesthetic, low quality products and short shelf life. The processes are unhygienic and vary from one processor to the other or from batch to batch from the same processor. To address these challenges, the Council, in collaboration with the University of Benin, developed a Kilishi processing plant. The plant, which is based on an efficient technology to produce wholesome Kilishi product, has been established by the Council. The technology has been patented while the product “MATRA KILISHI” has been approved and registered (Reg. No. 08-6339) by NAFDAC.
- 3rd edition (2019) at the Michael Okpara Square, Enugu, Enugu State, RMRDC won the 2nd position under the Research Institutes category for its R&D effort on Water-Borne Paint from Blends of Natural Rubber Latex and Polyvinyl Acetate
RMRDC scored 78 percent to emerge 2nd position under the research institutes category for coming up with the technology for the development of water borne paint derived from rubber latex.
- 4th edition (2020) at the Eagle Square, Abuja, RMRDC won the 1st position under the Research Institutes category for its scientific breakthrough in the production of lovastatin from mushroom specie in lowering high level cholesterol in individuals with cardio-vascular disease
RMRDC emerged over-all best and won the top prize under the Research Institutes category with its research on Lovastatin from mushroom species in lowering high level cholesterol in individuals with cardio-vascular disease. Receiving the award, RMRDC DG, Prof. Hussaini Doko Ibrahim said that RMRDC entered the competition with three-star projects namely Production of Pharmaceutical Grade Talc, Sweet Sorghum Value Chain, and Production of Lovastatin from Mushroom Species. He said the attainment of the star prize position was an indication of hard work and determination of the Council’s management and staff to improve their performance at the expo, saying that it was a sign that hard work pays.