The National Research Institute of Chemical Technology (NARICT), Zaria has established a multichemical plant aimed at producing a variety of chemicals required by Nigerians.
NARICT Director General Prof. Jeffrey Barminas made this known when he was conferred with the award of the best performing DG of the year, 2022 by the National Association of Nigeria students (NANS).
Barminas who expressed appreciation for the award conferred on him described the 40.1 million population of Nigerian students as a force that will surely change the narrative about Nigeria in terms of industrialization and economic growth.
Highlighting some of his achievements in barely five years in office, Prof. Jeffrey said, “we have a multichemical plant that we are building that will help us to produce a number of chemicals that will need here in Nigeria. We are starting with 109 Unity Schools and we are not going to stop at that. As a leader, you must look at Nigeria.
“Nigeria is a place you must operate. You don’t look at a particular section. We are building six outstations all across the nation where our Technology will be domiciled. We have that in the Northeast. When you get to the Northeast now, we have an arm in Jalingo, Yola and we are building another Arm in Maiduguri.
“In the Northwest, we have outstations in Kano and Katsina. We have an entrepreneurship development center there and there’s a collaboration with the German Government which took over one of the projects. In Northcentral, we have facilities in Plateau and Nasarawa States. We have a tomato processing plant that we started there at Caro.
“In Ogun state, we are building a fertilizer plant where we will produce organic fertilizer as we have here in Zaria. In the Southeast, Ebonyi state has the largest deposit of salt and we want to use that to produce a number of chemicals.
“The problem we are facing in this country is the value chain. We like to take our raw materials and export them. It is not good. We must look inwards and think of what to do to better life of Nigerians.
“Your coming has given us the opportunity to work for Nigeria, an opportunity to work for our Government and the opportunity to see that the economic growth of this country is realized.”
The head of the delegation, Comrade Usman Baba Kanika who is the first Pioneer Secretary of NANS said Prof. Jeffrey emerged as the best performing DG after a careful study of his leadership skills, using the 3Cs of Consultation, Consolidation and Confrontation as a guide, adding that Nigeria needs more ‘national assets’ like him for nation building.
He said, “On behalf of the armless battalion Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), I present to you this certificate of vote of confidence for your performance and adherence to federal character, fairness and patriotism. Without a doubt, you’ve always distinguished yourself in all your assignment and we’re proud of you
wherever you found yourself you always make a difference.
“Our job is not just for the welfare of Nigerian students but also to see that those who are doing the right things are encouraged to do more. We are dynamic in making decisions and can also criticize vehemently those whose practices harm Nigerian students.
“We have a lot of Professors in Nigeria, yet you were chosen as the DG of this great institution because of administrative and professional expertise. We commend your integrity and pray for more higher assignments after here”.