End-of-Year (2016) interaction between NIFOR and host communities.
As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), NIFOR meets with host Communities annually to interact and improve relationship between the Institute and the Communities which include Uwan-Eweka, Uwan-Esigie, Evboneka I, Evboneka II, Ekodobo, Abumwere, Ugbojiobo, Iguoyenmwen, Okonuvbe, Isiukhukhu, Ekowe, Obazuwa and Okokhuo. The year 2016’s meeting took place on the 28th of December, 2016.
Overtime, NIFOR has assisted in providing jobs, electricity, water and road rehabilitation in these Communities. The Communities expressed their gratitude to the Executive Director; Dr Omorefe Asemota but however requested for more jobs for their youths and wished they were in a position to influence the Federal Government to improve funding to NIFOR so as to improve infrastructure in the Institute because of its pivotal role in the oil palm industry in Nigeria. NIFOR is central to the Federal Government’s policy on fats and oils security and economic diversification through Agriculture because it has sole responsibility to provide planting materials and technical backstopping for oil palm, Coconut palm, Date palm, Raphia Palm and Shea tree most of which are oil seed crops. NIFOR should therefore be empowered to fulfill its roles in meeting the laudable objectives of the Federal Government.