Nigeria FIIRO Develops New Technologies. Yet, They Must Modernize Their Processes

FIIRO – Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi Nigeria has some technologies they want to to commercialize and they are looking for partners. In her over forty years of existence, the Institute has made some modest, but notable technological breakthroughs and innovations. Following  are some of the technologies the government agency has developed and looking for commercial partners to take them to the market.

Information gathered from Tekedia indicates the agency is also interested in cost and profit sharing. So, if you are interested in any of these ideas, you can talk to them at  FIIRO.

Instant Pounded Yam Flour Production

Cassava-Wheat Flour Composite Bread Production

Cassava-Wheat Snacks

Cassava Processing

Cassava Chips

Cassava Pellets

Production Of Fufu

Cassava Starch

Cassava Flour

Mushroom Production

Essential Oils

Production Of Fruit Juices

Palmwine Bottling And Preservation



Tekedia thinks that FIIRO is making remarkable efforts in developing capacity in indigenous products. Looking at their focus, it is evident that they are looking at ways to solve the immediate problems in the nation with regards to food and its preservation. Yet, we want to challenge them to move upper in the technology pyramid to find better ways and values in realizing their objectives.


While cassava could be processed in the ways they have described, it is also possible that they can develop some electronic automation to make this affordable. Mechanical systems and some times technologies that depend largely on weather could be expensive for SMEs to buy. Weather changes could be a problem. And mechanical systems generally require a lot of investment.


So FIIRO while commending your works, we ask you to bring electronic automation in this business.


What is FIIRO?

The conception of the Institute was in 1953, when the Word Bank sent an economic mission to Nigeria. One of the Missions’ observations was that industrial research in Nigeria was diffused, uncoordinated, and with no definite direction. Consequently, the mission recommended that an “Institute of Applied Technical Research” be set up. It was inaugurated in 1956 by the then Minister for Commerce and Industry. In February 1958, the name was changed to “Federal Institute of Industrial Research.”

Originally, its supervising Ministry was Federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry, but since then, it has come under different supervising bodies, the current one being the Federal Ministry of Science and technology, since 1992.
At first, it had a succession of expatriates as its Directors and Chief Executives. However, it had, from 1970 to 1977, its first indigenous Director in the person of Dr. Isaac Adedayo Akinrele. He was succeeded in 1977, by Dr. Olajide Adedokun Koleoso, who left the stage in 1990 for Professor Sunday Ayodele Odunfa. Dr. Oluwole Olatunji, the incumbent Director-General/Chief Executive, took over from Professor Odunfa in the year 2000.

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