The Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) says it is developing
the capacity of its staff to ensure effective implementation of the council’s strategic plan to boost raw materials in the country.
The Director, Planning, Mrs Hajara Tanko, disclosed this at the council’s 2019 to 2021 Strategic Plan Retreat on
Wednesday in Abuja with the theme “Raw Materials and Products Development: A Veritable Tool for Global
Competitiveness and Economic Development.”
Tanko said that the strategic plan would position the country’s raw materials for global competitiveness by
promoting industralisation and ensuring the right processing for raw materials strategies.
She added that “the retreat was for us to analyse and adopt strategic plan.
“We had to bring in all our members of staff from the state coordinating offices so that they can come and
understand what the plan is all about.
“The old strategic plan has given us a focus, we have been able to contribute to local content development and
we are now taking the success further to work on secondary raw materials.
“We have realised that at this stage, what some industries need to develop is secondary raw materials.”
She said that some of the secondary raw materials the council was working on developing included shaft from
rice, production of tiger nut oil, walnut flour, cashew nut shell liquid, among other raw materials.
Tanko, however, expected that the staff would take ownership of the strategic plan, contribute toward its attainment
and be better team players.
Dr Charity Ugonna, the Assistant Director, Planning, said they were taking the staff through the plan and for them
to understand their roles in its implementation.
Ugonna said that the council was making efforts in the identification of new raw materials and ensuring that
available ones were sufficient for industrial use.
Ugonna added that “RMRDC has made efforts in identifying so many raw materials that people do not know exists.
“Before now, people don’t know that we have a lot of kaolin in this country for the production of paints but we
have created the awareness on that.
“We also boost some of the raw materials that are lacking so that industries will have enough; we are boosting a
lot of agro raw materials, like cashew and tomato.
“Currently we have gone to the extent of seed multiplication because there are some of the raw materials that
are not enough for industries to use.
“We boost the ones that are low and harness the ones that are abundant,” Ugonna said.
She called on the Federal Government to avail the council every support it would need to move the country’s raw
materials into the global competitiveness rank that citizens would benefit from.
Mr Tayo Kayode,the council’s Human Resource Transformation Officer, said that the strategic plan would be
effective if well implemented.
Kayode said “the plan focuses on competitiveness, promoting industralisation and taking into cognisance the
National Promotion Investment Strategy earlier developed by the council.
“It is also in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s plan toward the ease of doing business which involves
value addition to imported raw materials,” Kayode said.
According to him, raw materials competitiveness was evolving and we have so much to do in all realms of
Kayode added that Nigeria had been challenged over the last few years but taking steps to get out of it gradually.
“If we get all our indices right regarding infrastructure, our industralisation will be a good contribution to
our Gross Domestic Product which will advance the sector’s position”.
He said that everything about the country’s raw materials was local content driven.