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The RMRDC boss had shown up before the legislators to orient them on the accomplishments and adventures of the agency in its 33 years of presence.

At the rundown, the Chairman of the Senate panel, Senator Uche Ekwunife, had actually asked Professor Ibrahim(RMRDC) to inform them the success reports recorded by the research study institute.

The Director-General of the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), Professor Hussain Ibrahim triggered a mild drama on Monday when he showed up before the Nigerian Senate after he listed Kilishi as a technological breakthrough in Nigeria.

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Ekwunife said, “Your core mandate is to develop local materials.

“Can you tell us the local raw materials you have developed in the areas of health, brewery, construction, science, and technology, or agriculture?

“Just give us the synopsis of what you have developed or generated for local industries. Tell us about your breakthrough.”

In his response, Prof Ibrahim listed the commercial production of Kilishi as a major achievement of the agency in 33 years despite its lack of a laboratory.

The submission produced a mixture of anger and laughter from the audience and senators.

“We have developed two varieties of Sorghum. We collaborated with agricultural research institutes, pharmaceutical industries because we produce ethanol from it and that is the basic raw material for the production of sanitizers.

“Also from the same Sorghum, we developed other products like Glucose syrup, livestock feeds, material for breweries, and starch.”

Ibrahim added that: “We have not reached that stage. It goes through processes. We have tested it now but the stage we are now is the pilot stage.

“That pilot stage will now lead to the optimization of the products. At that pilot stage, we would now see if what we have finally done are technically feasible or commercially viable. We have to determine that.

“After we had determined that. We will now ask relevant industries to take them for mass production.

“In our 30 years of research activities, we are still the largest research Institute. But to be candid with you, we are making progress.

“For now, we have developed technology to optimize Kilishi production. Research activities take time.”


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