Amidst the display of indigenous innovations from Nigerian scientists and researchers, the annual FMSTI started with dignities from all works of life and the international community.
The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, represented by the Honourable Minister for Science Technology and Innovation Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, declared the Expo week open. Dr Onu spoke on the federal government's resolve to adequately support FMSTI's technology and Innovation policies in order to increase productivity which can, in turn, boost the GDP of the country. He emphasized that like developed countries, Nigeria needs to leverage the apparatus of technology for socio-economic growth.
Earlier, while welcoming those present at the meet, the Minister of State FMSTI, Barr. Mohammed spoke on the gains of the annual expo and the great potential it holds for development in Nigeria. He spoke on the need to continually use indigenous technologies to solve the challenges of the country.
In her goodwill message, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Science and Tech, who also stood in for the Senate president, Senator Uche Ekwenife enjoined stakeholders to evolve sustaining STI policies that can bring rapid development to the country. She emphasised need-based research that will directly solve existing problems.
FIIRO is fully represented at the Expo with two appreciable stands to display its research products. Speaking to reporters at the opening ceremony, the Overseeing Director, Dr. (Mrs) Yemisi Asagbra spoke on the impact of the annual expo, especially from the institute's angle.
This year innovations brought in by FIIRO is the Moringa Sheller Machine and the Plastic Shredder Machine, initiatives of the Product Development and Design Department.