A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for collaboration on Linkage and Exchange programme to enhance mutual cooperation and benefits has been signed between the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti and the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO), Lagos State.

The MoU signing between the two Federal Institutions, which took place on Tuesday, 24th November, 2020 is aimed at providing and formalizing a guide for strategic collaborations between the two parties.

Speaking at the signing ceremony held at the FIIRO Conference Hall, the Polytechnic Rector, Dr. Dayo Oladebeye said the core mandate of the Research Agency has deeply provided the elixir for the birth of the collaboration as both parties could be engaged, among other activities, in joint research projects and exchange programmes for the benefits of the two research and development organs of the Federal Government.

Dr. Oladebeye, who was visibly happy, expressed his joy at the realization of the linkage development and noted that the two institutions have a lot to do in common. He therefore hoped that the collaboration will be to the benefit of man, the both institutions and the nation at large.

Earlier in her speech and presentation at the occasion, the Acting Director General of FIIRO Dr. (Mrs) Agnes Asagbra said that it will be the joy of the Institute and the nation’s development, if the MoU does not end up only on paper but practically actualized as “FIIRO has the human and capital resources to bring the collaboration to a fruition.”

Dr. Asagbra who noted that Ekiti had been renowned as the cradle or fountain of knowledge, also disclosed that FIIRO has been involved in many landmark Researches, particularly into Agricultural processing and products, added that some of the research has been patented and further enhanced for industry and commercialization.

The Acting Chief Executive Officer, who laced her speech with presentation of a documentary, which detailed the activities, mandate and efforts of the 1956 founded FIIRO so far, expressed the hope that the signing of the MoU will be beneficial to the Staff and Students of the Polytechnic, as well as Staff of FIIRO and Nigeria as a whole.