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WASTE UTILIZATION & FERMENTATION DIVISION

Head,  WASTE UTILIZATION AND FERMENTATION DIVISIONWaste Utilization and Fermentation Division is one of the pioneer Divisions of the Biotechnology Department of Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi, Nigeria. 

Among the core mandates of the Division are:

1· To conduct research and development activities that lead to the conversion of wastes (mainly agricultural wastes) into wealth creation.

2· To carry out research and development activities that employ current fermentation techniques to produce goods and services that will benefit Nigerians in particular and humanity at large.

3· To liaise with other Departments and Divisions within the Institute to disseminate the R & D findings to Nigerians through Seminars/Symposium/Workshop.

 Vision of the Division:

The vision of the Division is to be a reference centre within the West African sub-region where wastes (mainly agricultural wastes) are harnessed into useful forms through the application of basic biotechnological tools.

 On-going Research Projects

- Mushroom programme

Ïsolation and cultivation of edible mushroom – Auricularia species.

- Survey of Edible and Medicinal mushroom species in Nigeria.

- Conversion of spent mushroom substrate into biofertilizer.

 Developed Available Technologies

1. Commercial cultivation of indigenous edible mushrooms

2. Upgrade and Standardization of production process of some indigenous fermented foods e.g. Ugba.

 MUSHROOM CULTIVATION IN NIGERIA.

            THE PAST

FIIRO has been the forerunner in the cultivation of Mushrooms in Nigeria. The project started as far back as 1988. Though people find it hard to believe that mushrooms can be cultivated in-door because people are of the opinion that mushrooms grow naturally in the wild and apart from that, eating mushrooms from the wild gives concern to the public for the fear of eating poisonous species. The advent of FIIRO in mushroom cultivation has changed the face of mushrooms in Nigeria using agro-industrial wastes. Some of the wastes FIIRO has used in the past are cotton waste, sawdust, corn cob, cassava peels, banana leaves, groundnut shell, wood shavings, cassava flour shaft etc. FIIRO has also supplemented some of these wastes that have a low yield such as wood shavings, corn cob, cassava peels, cassava flour shaft with poultry manure, palm kernel cake, rice bran, wheat bran etc to increase their yield which gave a positive result.

The wastes have been supportive in the cultivation of Pleurotus tuberregium, Pleurotus pulmonarius,  Lentinus sqaurrosulus, Volvariella volvacea and Pleurotus ostreatus. Spawns of these mushrooms are all available at the mushroom culture bank. These mushrooms have been grown to commercial stage in FIIRO using different wastes from the six-geopolitical zones.

           THE PRESENT 

Presently, FIIRO has gone beyond laboratory cultivation. Effort is now being geared towards commercial cultivation of mushrooms to make them available to the public and increase the people’s awareness. FIIRO is also striving to increase the protein intake of Nigerians believed to be very low, especially the low income earners that cannot afford the expensive protein from meat, milk and so on. The use of cotton waste in the past for its high yield compared to other agro-wastes relegated these wastes to the background but with the scarcity of cotton waste, new technology has been developed for the use of sawdust. This is supplemented with rice bran, wheat bran or palm kernel cake which now gives yield better than cotton waste. New species of mushrooms are being sourced for everyday to increase species of mushroom cultured and give Nigerians variety of mushrooms to savior.

Training of small and medium scale entrepreneurs has also been part of FIIRO’s effort in making sure that Nigerians cultivate the habit of eating mushroom. The SMEs were trained in the art of mushroom cultivation making use agro-industrial wastes.

            THE FUTURE

With the pace FIIRO is going in creating awareness, training of SME’s, future of mushroom in Nigeria is going to be great. It will be another source of income to the country earning, creating job for the unemployed youth and improve the nutritional intake of Nigerians by eating mushrooms and increase the immune systems by eating mushrooms. Also the commercial cultivation in the Institute will be source of income apart from the sale of spawns. 

In the area of bio-remediation, mushrooms have been discovered to be a veritable tool in the cleaning of our environment, the use of wastes for the cultivation reduces land pollution while the mushroom mycelia also has been worked upon and discovered to be useful in biodegradation of toxic chemicals and spilled crude oil.

The Institute has used the following wastes extensively to cultivate mushroom: Cotton waste, sawdust, rice bran, cassava peel, yam peel, sugarcane bagasse, wheat bran corn cob, sawdust, cassava peel, yam peel, cotton waste, wheat bran, groundnut shells, rice straw etc and have mixed the substrates to increases yields of the mushroom fruits. 

At the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO) several techniques have been adapted for the cultivation of the mushroom which thrives in the temperature range of 28-36oC and relative humidity of 75-88%.

The table below shows summary of wastes and their mushroom yields.

MUSHROOM CULTIVATION SUBSTRATES AND YIELD

S/N

GROWING MEDIUM

MUSHROOM SPECIES

PERCENTAGE YIELD

1

Rice straw

Straw  (Volvariella)

Oyster (Pleurotus)

26%

65%

2

Wheat Bran

Oyster (Pleurotus) Straw  (Volvariella)

68%

20%

3

Sawdust

Lentinus

 

4

Sawdust/PKC

Oyster (Pleurotus)

Oyster (Pleurotus)

50%

70%

5

Cotton Waste

Oyster (Pleurotus)

Straw (Volvariella)

80%

26%

6

Corncobs

Oyster (Pleurotus)

Lentinus

60%

7

Paper

Oyster (Pleurotus)

14.9

8

Sugarcane Bigasse

Oyster (Pleurotus)

22

9

Water Hyacinth

Oyster (Pleurotus)

15

10

Oil Palm Waste

Straw  (Volvariella)

Oyster (Pleurotus)

-

11

Cocoa Shell Waste

Oyster (Pleurotus)

Oyster (Pleurotus)

20%

12

Banana leaves

Straw  (Volvariella)

Oyster (Pleurotus)

30%

13

Cassava peel

Oyster (Pleurotus)

27%

14

Yam peel

Oyster (Pleurotus)

-

15

Cassava peel/Soybean Chaff 

Oyster (Pleurotus)

72

  (ii) Available mushrooms

FIIRO has worked on the isolation and cultivation of different species of mushrooms which include:

Pleurotus tuberregium

Pleurotus pulmonarius

Pleurotus ostreatus

Volvariella volvacea

Lentinus squarroslus

Cantharellus lateritius

Culture of these mushrooms can be gotten from the Biotechnology Department of the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi.

New species on our bench work are Auricularia auricular and Calocybe indica. Spawn of these species can be produced and purchased on request.

         Substrates

FIIRO has been able to work on the following industrial agro-wastes:-

Cotton waste, Sawdust, Cassava peels, Yam peels, Groundnut shell, Banana leaves, Corn cob, Wood shavings, Wheat bran, Rice bran, Water hyacinth, etc. It has been discovered that of all these substrates, cotton waste gives the highest yield singly. However, due to many more uses of cotton waste and thereby scarcity, FIIRO began to look inwards and came up with the new concept for the use of sawdust which is a good competitor of cotton waste. Rice bran and Wheat bran are used as supplement when using sawdust and wood shavings.

The other wastes have been used singly or mixed in multiple and some of these have proven to be effective for cultivation. Some agro wastes were also gotten from the Northern part of the country in FIIRO’s bid to make sure that all parts of the country can benefit from her research work. These wastes include Millet stovers, Millet husk, Benin seed husk, Dusa industrial waste, Guinea corn stovers, Guinea corn husk, Rice shaft, Beans pod and Maize offal’s. These wastes were found to give average yield when used singly.

             Spawn production

Spawn production is carried out exclusively by microbiologists and is produced in sterile environment. Substrates used for spawn production are cotton waste, sorghum grains, corn and sawdust. Cotton waste has been discovered to ramify faster than all the other substrates but sorghum does better on cultivated substrates.

Pleurotus pulmonarius fruiting on Sawdust supplemented with ricebran

Calocybe indica on Sawdust

Contact the Division:

Okorie, Princewill Chimezie

Head (Waste Utilization & Fermentation Division)

M.Sc Applied Microbiology

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TECHNO-ENTREPRENEURSHIP & TECHNO-ECONOMICS DIVISON

Deputy Director, TECHNO-ENTREPRENEURSHIP & TECHNO-ECONOMICS DIVISONAbout the Division

FIIRO started aggressive technology transfer programme on its developed technologies in 1986 during the Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) of the then Military Government which encouraged all public funded Institutions to look inward towards using their mandates to promote national economic development.

Ten years later after the introduction of the technology transfer programme, an Adoption study was carried out which indicated that the rate of adoption of the Institute’s technology was 41%. The study also revealed that some entrepreneurs failed in their businesses due to lack of entrepreneurial skills to run their businesses. Subsequent adoption studies by the Institute also gave similar reason for business failure. This was the motivation for the establishment of a Division that will take care of both the technical and management components of entrepreneurial skill to ensure effective commercialization of the technologies developed at the Institute.

As a result, the Techno-entrepreneurship & Techno-economics Division was established in 2011 to drive the commercialization of FIIRO R&D results through different entrepreneurship programmes. It was established to act as an institutional mechanism for providing various services including information on all aspect of enterprises, to create awareness for the need for entrepreneurial culture in the nation, to catalyse and promote development of technology-based enterprises and create opportunities for employment generation through innovation.

Vision

To be a centre of excellence for promotion and development of entrepreneurial society through technology-based enterprises to ensure a job-secured nation and national economic prosperity.

Mission

To conduct techno-entrepreneurship development programme and carry out economic evaluation on investible projects with a view to creating highly productive techno-entrepreneurs who are ethical, and are prepared to succeed in their enterprises for national economy development.

Core Values

Our core values are innovativeness, resourcefulness, integrity, hardworking, proactiveness and ethical standards.

The Division has three Sections, namely:

    • Techno-economic Evaluation
    • Techno-entrepreneurship
    • Marketing Research/Intelligence

FUNCTIONS OF TECHNO-ENTREPRENEURSHIP & TECHNO-ECONOMICS DIVISION

    The Techno-entrepreneurship & Techno-economic Division shall have the following functions:
    1. To produce extension/promotional documents including industrial profiles, pre-feasibility reports, e-bulletins and so on for effective dissemination of information to various end users and stakeholders.
    2. To carry out techno-economic evaluation of technologies developed at the Institute with a view to generating investment data for extension and linkage purposes as well as to prepare full bankable feasibility report/business plan on FIIRO projects for the Institute and its clients.
    3. To develop appropriate training modules and extend FIIRO technologies to various end users through techno-entrepreneurship training designed to suit various target groups including students of tertiary institutions, youth, adults, women, etc. To conduct Entrepreneurship Development Trainings.
    4. To deliver/present lectures on “Entrepreneurial Investment Opportunities available at the Institute” at different fora.
    5. To organize Annual Junior Entrepreneurs’ Forum and Annual Entrepreneurs’ Mentor’s Day.
    6. To conduct Certificate Course in Techno-entrepreneurship (3-month) in conjunction with a tertiary institution in Nigeria and to conduct Pre-retirement Entrepreneurial Training Workshop.
    7. To carry out all entrepreneurship related activities at the Institute.
    8. To conduct marketing research in support of economic evaluation activities and carry out market surveys on FIIRO and non-FIIRO projects and develop database for products, raw materials, equipment pricing, and so on
    9. To effectively disseminate R&D results to end user industries, represents and make relevant presentations on behalf of the Institute upon invitation by its various stakeholders.
    10. To continuously develop and implement strategies that will reduce paper responses to enquiries through interactive, friendly and informative auto response system, “frequently asked questions” and to answer enquiries on the Institute’s activities.
    11. To continuously provide relevant content for updating the Institute’s website to be redesigned in conformity with such content and to promote web based financial transactions with the Institute by its stakeholders.

Current Programmes

The Division is currently running the following Programmes:

  • 3-Month Certificate Course in Techno-entrepreneurship with Yaba College of Technology: CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
  • Entrepreneurial Pre-retirement Programme
  • Preparation of Feasibility Reports/Business Plans to access N220Billion Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund in commercial and development banks.

Book Publication

The following published books are available at the Institute through the Division:

  • Entrepreneurship Development in Nigeria – The FIIRO Experience
  • Entrepreneurship Development Training Modules
  • Investment Opportunities for Job Creation

The Division also has six book manuscripts ready for publication.

Our Recent Publications

  • “Chemistry Entrepreneurship: A Panacea for Job and Wealth Creation” accepted February 2015, Industrial Engineering Letters
  • On Entrepreneurial Self Efficacy and Entrepreneurial Success: A Conceptual and Theoretical Framework. European Journal of Business and Management, 6 (26): 95-102 (2014)

Our Partners

  • Yaba College of Technology, Lagos
  • Lead City University, Ibadan
  • Federal University of Technology, Akure
  • Prime Entrepreneurs Development Foundation, Lagos
  • Metropolitan Polytechnic, Ofa, Kwara State.
  • Nigerian Opportunities Industrialization Centre, Lagos
  • Agape Academy, Lagos
  • Believers’ School of Entrepreneurship

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HOW TO APPLY

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Contact the Division

Mr Ogundeji, Razaque Kayode

Deputy Director (Techno-Entrepreneurship & Techno-Economics Division)

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ANALYTICAL MARKETING DIVISION

The Analytical laboratory of the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO-ANALAB), is a well-equipped laboratory with state-of-art analytical equipment professionally and skillfully manned by trained experts/analysts. The division renders services to individuals, corporate organizations, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs), researchers, students in tertiary institutions, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), government agencies, private and public enterprises amongst others. Routine and investigative analyses are conducted for variety of products ranging from raw materials, agro-allied products, industrial products, animal feed, food products, water, industrial effluents, beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), cosmetics (soaps, toiletries, creams, lotions, and liquid detergents), fine chemicals, solid minerals and other essential products for registration with the National Agency for Food Drug Administration and control and the Standards Organization of Nigeria (NAFDAC/SON).

Facilities available include the following:
1. Gas chromatography-Mass Spectrometer (GC-MS)
2. Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (AAS), with graphite furnace and Mercury Vapour kit.
3. Ultra Fast Liquid Chromatography (UFLC)
4. High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
5. Diode Array 7200 Analyzer (NIR-DA 7200)
6. UV/Vis Spectrophotometer
7. Rapid Moisture Analyzer
8. Kjeldahl Equipment
9. Fat Extractor (Soxtec)
10.Fibretec
11.Autoclave
12.Incubator
13.Melting point apparatus

Typical Applications
1. Analysis of raw materials
2. Analysis of intermediate/finished products
3. Analysis of foods, beverages, feeds, water and waste water.
4. Analysis of additives (e.g. preservatives e.t.c)
5. Analysis of trace elements and metals
6. Analysis of heavy metals
7. Analysis of vitamins (water and fat soluble)
8. Characterization and identification of organic compound/constituents of samples.
9. Assay determination of fine chemicals and salts.
10.Solid mineral analysis.
11.Analysis of toxins (e.g. cyanide, aflatoxin e.t.c)
12.Analysis of oil and fat
13.Analysis of cosmetics
14.Analysis of hard wood charcool

Quality Assurance & Quality Control Services
FIIRO’s analytical laboratory undertakes routine quality control and safety evaluation checks on foods and food products for the purposes of registration of the products with National Agency for Food Drug Administration and control (NAFDAC) and for ascertaining standards specifications as set down by Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON).
These include:
Protein, total sugar, starch, Ether extract, crude fibre, ash, carbohydrate, trace elements, vitamins and cholesterol.
We also offer microbiological analysis and safety evaluation of food and non-food materials. The services provided include the following:
1. Evaluation of total viable aerobes, yeast, mould, coliform, E-coli e.t.c
2. Detection of Salmonella, Shigella, Staphylococcus and other pathogenic species
3. Consumer complaint investigations
4. Shelf-life studies

Training Programs:
Training of personnel on quality control analysis
Training of personnel on operational use of instrument (AAS, HPLC, UV/Vis Spec, GC-MS)

CONTACT THE DIVISION
Dr. (Mrs) Adebukola Selimot Huthman

Deputy Director (Analytical Laboratory Marketing)
PhD (Chemistry), MSc (Environmental Chemistry), PGD (Analytical Chemistry)
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CERTIFICATE IN TECHNO-ENTREPRENEURSHIP STUDIES

TRAINING

CERTIFICATE IN TECHNO-ENTREPRENEURSHIP STUDIES

INTRODUCTION/ABOUT

The Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi offers a 3-month practical Certificate Course in Techno-entrepreneurship Studies in conjunction with Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria. The course aims at developing and enhancing entrepreneurial skills and knowledge for self employment through the establishment of cottage, small and medium technical enterprises.

BENEFITS

During the course, the participants will acquire one or two technologies developed by FIIRO out of over 50 commercially proven technologies available at the Institute.

  • Machinery and equipment required for commercial production can be readily fabricated at the Institute’s Design & Fabrication Division at subsidized fee.
  • Bankable Feasibility Report/Business Plan would be jointly developed with the participants by the Institute team of experts using UNIDO COMFAR III Expert.
  • Technical Assistance Services at subsidized fee (including machinery and equipment installation, commissioning and training of personnel on installed plant) is available for participants that passed through the programme.
  • Quality Control and Analytical Services at reasonable fees.
  • Facilitation of product(s) registration by NAFDAC.
  • Opportunity for project funding through Bank of Industry, Bank of Agriculture, NERFUND, etc.
  • Industrial Visits to viable practising techno-entrepreneurs.
  • Opportunity for mentoring by practising entrepreneurs.
  • Networking with National Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME), National Association of Small Scale Industrialists (NASSI), National Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), and so on.
  • IT’S A DEAL; IT’S A PACT; BE A CERTIFIED ENTREPRENEUR
  • ELIGIBILITY
  • People contemplating the establishment of cottage, small or medium enterprises.
  • People who have already and operating cottage, small and medium enterprises with the desire to improve their entrepreneurial skills.
  • About to retire working class.
  • Working class who desire to earn additional legitimate income.
  • Unemployed graduates of secondary and tertiary institutions.
  • Youths and adults in general including women.

COURSE DURATION

The duration of the program is 12 weeks (Saturdays only; 9.00am – 5.00pm)

COMMENCEMENT

February 18, 2017

ENTRY REQUIREMENT

“0” Level; Trade Test; OND, HND; NCE; B.Sc e.t.c

MODULES

Entrepreneurship Concept; Business Opportunity Identification; Marketing Concept; Basic Personnel Management and Organisation; Production Management and Quality Control; Productivity Improvement; Introduction to Business Laws and Regulation; Accounting for Entrepreneurs; Preparation of Business Plan; Information Management; Starting up and Managing Business; Life Skill Acquisition and Industrial visit; Special Project.

HOW TO APPLY

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Tuition Fee is #150,000.00 (Minimum of 70% payable on or before resumption while the balance be paid before the end of the programme).

CONTACT TEL:  

08023653752; 08123587978; 08038010362; 08023415016

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PARTNERSHIPS & ZONAL OFFICES COORDINATION DIVISION

Deputy Director, Partnership and Zonal Offices Coordination DivisionVision of the Division:

To be the division of excellence that will effectively develop virile and sustainable global partnership between FIIRO and other stakeholder organizations.

Mission statement of the Division:

To create functional synergy between FIIRO and other organizations for effective funding, linking and extension of FIIRO’s technologies.

FUNCTIONS OF PARTNERSHIPS & ZONAL OFFICES COORDINATION DIVISION

Partnership & Zonal Offices Coordination Division shall have the following functions:

  1. To develop virile, sustainable partnerships with tertiary institutions, governmental and non-governmental organizations, both local and international.
  2. To assist in developing standard MoUs format for various stakeholders and organize MoU signing ceremony in conjunction with the Institute’s Legal Unit.
  3. To link the Institute with various donor agencies for R&D funding, technology extension programme to industries, youth and women groups in conjunction with the Institute’s Management Committee on External Grants.
  4. To oversee the planning, coordination and execution of Zonal Offices programs and activities to ensure conformity to management objectives.
  5. To facilitate financial, administrative and logistic supports for efficient functioning of the Zonal Offices.
  6. To facilitate and coordinate Quarterly Meetings of the Heads of the Zonal Offices with the Management.
  7. Promote welfare of the Zonal offices personnel and organize annual best Zonal Office award.
  8. To monitor and prepare progress reports on the activities of the Zonal Offices.
  9. To plan and organize seminars, workshop, retreat etc for Zonal officers and personnel to enhance their job performance.
  10. To keep abreast the Zonal Offices of recent developments at the Institute.
  11. To effectively disseminate R&D results to end user industries, represents and make relevant presentations on behalf of the Institute upon invitation by its various stakeholders.
  12. To continuously develop and implement strategies that will reduce paper responses to enquiries through interactive, friendly and informative auto response system, “frequently asked questions” and to answer enquiries on the Institute’s activities.

 

Contact the Division

Mrs. O.F Odediran

Deputy Director, Partnerships & Zonal Offices Coordination Division

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INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY DIVISION

Head, INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY DIVISIONBrief on the Division

FIIRO ICT Division has the technologies and services that support information and was established to provide ICTs support for Research and Development (R&D) activities and capacity building.

The need for this division is owed to the following reasons:

- The need of computerized database to replace the manual method of keeping records and permit easy access of information    retrieval.

- Development, Management and Updating of the Institute’s website

- Adequate maintenance of the LAN / Internet in order to enhance effective research and development processes.

- To enhance the skill of FIIRO staff and the public in computer usage through trainings.

- To incorporate digital signage technology into the Institute’s R&D activities in order to enlighten and acquaint both the staff and visitors of our products, machineries, day-to-day activities and events.

MISSION

To promote, develop, deliver and facilitate the use of Information Technology (IT) services and resources.

VISION

To improve Research & Development (R&D) activities of the Institute through the deployment of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)

OUR ACTIVITIES

•         To use ICT to improve speed, efficiency and quality of R&D activities which are the Institute’s mandate.

•         To develop software for research & non research activities of the Institute.

•         To install, manage and implement a highly optimised network infrastructure.

•         To enhance the computing skills of members of staff through computer appreciation and application courses.

•         To incorporate digital signage technology into our R&D activities in order to enlighten and acquaint both the staff and visitors of our products, machinery, day-to- day activities and events.

•         To run computer training courses to the public as a source of revenue generation.

The Sections under the Division are:

  • Software Development
  • Systems Administration/Digital Signage
  • Training

 

DIVISIONAL CONTACT:

ADERELE, COMFORT T. (MRS.)  

Head, Information & Communication Technology Division,

Planning Technology Transfer Information Management Department,

Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO),

P.M.B. 21023 Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria

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INDUSTRIAL LINKAGE DIVISION

Head, INDUSTRIAL LINKAGE DIVISIONBrief on the Division

The Industrial Linkage Division was set up to fulfill the DG’s vision of commercialization through Entrepreneurial skills and industrial linkage.  It is the link between FIIRO and other relevant stakeholders (government agencies, organized private sector, financial institutions and international agencies and non-governmental organizations) for commercialization of FIIRO developed R&D results and innovative activities for the purpose of generating spin-offs and spin out companies.  The division fosters inter-agency cooperation, collaborative research R&D funding.

Vision 

The vision of Industrial Linkage Division is to link the Institute with industry, relevant government and non-governmental agencies and the world for commercialization of R&D results in promoting industrialization and sustainable development.

Mission

  • To ensure that market-driven research projects are embarked upon through interactions and collaboration with the organized private sector (OPS).
  • To establish effective sustainable legacy for the exploitation of R&D results and other science and technology innovation activities developed by FIIRO.  This would be linked to the industry and entrepreneurial individuals for the purpose of spin-offs and spin out companies for wealth creation.
  • To carry out industry survey, needs assessment studies and economic sectors by sector studies of industries relevant to FIIRO mandate.

Mandate

  • To promote FIIRO-industry linkage and exchange programmes.
  • To facilitate rapid commercialization of the Institute’s R&D results through market-driven R&D projects originating from the industries.
  • To effectively disseminate R&D results to appropriate end user industries.
  • To organize regular industrial visits to the industries
  • Provide ready financial resources for the Institute to upgrade its R&D facilities as supplement to government funding.

FUNCTIONS OF INDUSTRIAL LINKAGES DIVISION

Industrial Linkages Division shall have the following functions:

  1. To coordinate all the activities that relates to industries in the Institute.
  2. To disseminate strategic information on R&D results of the Institute to user industries.
  3. To relate with industries, trade associations (such Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, National Association of Small Scale Industrialists, National Association of Small and Medium Entrepreneurs etc.), to facilitate effective commercialization of R&D results
  4. To carry out Needs Assessment Survey of Industries.
  5. To organize and facilitate Industrial Visits by the Institute to industries and industries to the Institute with a view to promoting effective partnership/collaboration and to market the Institute’s services and programs.
  6. To initiate contract and sponsored researches with industries.
  7. To coordinate and promote FIIRO-Industry exchange programs.
  8. To organize lectures, seminars, conferences, symposia etc in disseminating new technological development to industries.
  9. To effectively disseminate R&D results to end user industries, represents and make relevant presentations on behalf of the Institute upon invitation by its various stakeholders.
  10. To continuously develop and implement strategies that will reduce paper responses to enquiries through interactive, friendly and informative auto response system, “frequently asked questions” and to answer enquiries on the Institute’s activities.

Contact the Division

Head, Industrial Linkage: Omoh Unuigbe

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LIBRARY & DOCUMENTATION DIVISION

LIBRARY, DOCUMENTATION AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (IPTTO) DIVISION

The profile of the three sections in the Division are as follows:

LIBRARY

The FIIRO Library is a Special Library established in 1957 out of the necessity to provide information support to research and development activities of the institute. FIIRO was quick to realize that the accomplishment of its mandate would not be possible without effective and efficient information support and more so with technology and industry where availability of information determines the rate of industrialization. 

The library today is a section under the Library and Documentation Division directly reporting to the directorate of Planning, Technology Transfer and Information Management. It is saddled with the responsibilities of providing expertise Information flow to her parent body (i.e. FIIRO), industries, tertiary and government Institutions. In a bid to achieve the above, scientific, technical, economic administrative information materials are acquired and processed to enhance accessibility and use.

Library Resources

Resources in the Section are Books, Journals, Abstracts, Directories, Standards, Trade Catalogues, Photographs and Video recordings, Research Reports, Technical Memoranda, Seminar Papers, Industrial Profiles and other Publications of her parent body (FIIRO) with Librarians that processes these materials.

The division has its mission and vision statement as follows.

MISSION STATEMENT

To be an information dissemination gateway in support of research and development activities for technological advancement.

VISION STATEMENT

To be a reputable centre in the management of scientific and technical information for public and private organization towards the development of the national economy.

The section however comprises of four Units, Namely

  • Collection Development Unit           
  • Circulation Unit
  • Serial Unit
  • Audio visual Unit

Functions of the Units

Collection DevelopmentUnit: this unit performs a cluster of activities that together Shapes the library holdings.These include Selection of materials for acquisition, Placing of Order on Management approval of selected materials, checking of arrivals against order list, Stamping, accessioning, cataloguing and classification, preparation of catalogue cards.

Circulation Units: this is the image maker of the library. It is the first point of call to any visit to the library. The unit coordinates the day- to- day activities targeted towards the library users. The activities among others include checking clientele in and out of the library, users Registration, Loan services, collating of daily statistics of library use, and promotion and sale of the Institute’s publications.

Serial Unit: this unit is in charge of all serial publications - journals, abstracts, newspapers, magazines etc.

Serial publications are occasional publication in print or non- print, issued in successive parts, usually having numerical or chronological designation and intended to continue indefinitely. It could be published daily, weekly, monthly,bimonthly, quarterly and yearly.

Audio Visual Unit: The unit is responsible for recording of video and photograph taking of the Institute events.  The final processing also rests on the unit. It is also charged with the responsibility of operating projectors during divisional seminars and official events outside the Institute. Storage and maintenance of all audio visual materials is her responsibility.

  • Selection, acquisition and processing of Scientific and Technical information Materials in support of Research and development
  • Proper arrangements of Library stock through weekly shelving and shelf reading
  • Acquisition, scanning and documentation of relevant articles in the daily newspapers in line with the Institute’s mandate as alerting services
  • Registration of library users
  • Providing Loan services to users with particular reference to members of staff
  • Assisting users to source for information materials among the library stock
  • Attending to inquiries from Users – staff, students and Entrepreneurs
  • Control and management of FIIRO publication for reference purposes and other official needs – research reports, technical memoranda, Annual reports, seminar papers e.t.c
  • Sales of Fiiro Publications
  • In-house repair of some tattered books
  • Photocopying Services
  • Provision of audio visual services to the Institute during functions  within and outside
  • Lecture delivery on industrial information during technology transfer programme of  the institute
  • Libplus Management
  • Providing tailored information to scientist and other clients through available sources of information – (SDI – Selective dissemination of information.

 DOCUMENTATION

The Documentation Section was created to develop and provide services that improve access to information required by researchers/technologists to work productively and cost effectively. The section was also given the mandate to handle the publishing activities of the Institute, and provide information to industrialists, entrepreneurs, and researchers from external organizations.

  • To achieve these goals, the following objectives have been established:
  • To provide question and answer service: disseminating information sourced through various means including the Internet.
  • To publish retrospective and current bibliographies and bibliographical reviews on projects of high priority to the Institute.
  • To develop computerized databases and acquire those developed elsewhere on subjects pertinent to the Institute’s research projects.
  • To Edit/proof read and publish the reports from the researchers and gather information to write up and publish other Institute publications.

 Functions/Activities

The activities of the section are:

1. Dissemination of information to research officers to facilitate their research works using various tools including the World Wide Web.

2. Editing and publishing of Research Reports, and other corporate publications such as the Institute’s brochure, and corporate profile.

3. Compilation of bibliographies on literature relevant to research officers’ projects

4. Lecturing FIIRO workshop participants on methods of information garnering and the importance and use of the Library as well as the World Wide Web.

5. Research project: The Information Needs of Research Scientists at the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO) on internal and external projects.

 IPTTO

FIIRO IPTTO was established in 2007. FIIRO IPTTO was established to foster Intellectual property rights awareness and also encourage researchers to protect their inventions through patenting.

Vision

To be leading intellectual property office recognized on excellence in our service and in strengthening FIIRO’s innovative capacity through effective management of intellectual property.

Mission

To facilitate and enhance the transfer of intellectual property between FIIRO and the global community by fostering the use of IP system and exploitation of IP information.  

Main Functions

  • Education and training.
  • Administration of IP including the activities relating to registration of Patents, trademarks, industrial designs and any IP generated in the course of FIIRO research.
  • Collection and dissemination of IP information.
  • Promotion of awareness on the subject of IP

 ACTIVITIES OF FIIRO IPTTO

1. Intellectual Property Audit (IP Audit) – This is to identify existing IP potentials from research reports/results for future commercialization and to identify the current research practices vs. best IP practices.

2. Patent Searches - Searching for technology information using patent documents. Patent information is made available to the public through a variety of databases.

3. Follow up on pending patent Applications

4. Patent applications.

5Editing Patent Applications

6. Sensitization of Researchers on IP.

7. FIIRO Training workshop.

8. Renewal of Patents

9. Quarterly Training workshop on patent search and drafting.

10. Publication of IP Awareness bulletin

 

DIVISIONAL CONTACT:

MRS. OLUFOLAKE SOLA DAVIES

Deputy Director (Library, Documentation & IPTTO Division)

Planning Technology Transfer Information Management Department,

BSc, Chemistry, University of Ibadan

MLS, Masters in Library Archival & Information Studies, University of Ibadan

MIP, Masters in Intellectual Property, Africa University, Zimbabwe

e-mail: folake.daviesThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; folakedaviesThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone No: 08033332133; 08022853054

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