It is the dawn of another era as the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi Lagos witnessed the entrance of a new substantive Director-General and Chief Executive Officer, having been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari. She is Dr.(Mrs) Jummai Adamu Tutuwa, who until her latest appointment was the Director overseeing the Biotechnology Centre of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) in Jalingo Taraba state.
In a letter signed and forwarded by the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation, Mrs Monilola Udoh to the Chairman FIIRO Governing Board, Gambo Magaji (OON), Dr Tutuwa's appointment has the express approval of the President, effective from the 10th of May 2022. It comes with a five-year non-renewable tenor.
The University of Maiduguri graduate has vast experience in science, technology, research and development related fields. This will undoubtedly be instrumental to further project FIIRO as Nigeria's foremost research institute and create a solid platform for the Institute's full inclusion and participation in the sphere of science-based, technology-driven and research-oriented countries.
Dr Jummai Tutuwa is a strong advocate of encouraging the use of science, technology and innovation to promote the socio-economic wellbeing of Nigerians. Her appreciable solo effort in sourcing research funding among donor agencies will surely benefit her new constituency (FIIRO).
Hitherto, Dr.(Mrs) Yemisi Asagbra has been holding forth in an acting capacity and will be handing over the baton of leadership to the incoming Director-General.
Dr Jummai Tutuwa is coming in as the sixth indigenous head of FIIRO, the third Director-General and the second female DG FIIRO is having. Judging from her antecedents hopes are high that she will work hard to improve on the standards laid by her predecessors.
We welcome FIIRO's new helmsman to the community of seasoned scientists, researchers and administrators with track records of high ethical standards, professionalism and global best practices.