The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has said that chemical industries are critical to the industrialization process of Nigeria.
Speaking while inspecting the Methanol Fuel Technology Production plant of the National Research Institute for Chemical Technology (NARICT) in Zaria at the weekend, Dr. Onu told the staff of the institute to intensify its efforts in its research endeavors so that Nigeria can have a vibrant and sustainable chemical industry that would be the lynchpin of the nation’s industrialization process.
While commending NARICT for its efforts on methanol fuel production so far, Dr. Onu said the methanol fuel production will boost the economy of the nation in many areas, such as transportation, creation of wealth, poverty eradication, environmental health, power generation and growth of Gross National Product (GDP).
He further said methanol fuel is cleaner, cheaper and could also be used in industries to produce feedstocks and other chemicals. He said the institute is critical to the efforts intended to move 100 million Nigerians out of poverty as promised by Mr. President.
In his response, the Director-General of NARICT Prof. Jeffrey Barnimas said the institute had made tremendous efforts in Methanol Fuel Technology. He explained that with her fuel testing laboratory, the institute had researched on biomass and natural gas with a view to producing methanol to meet the needs of the nation in all ramifications.
He assured the Minister that the institute will not rest on its oars in its bid to achieve the needed results.
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7TH FEBRUARY 2020.