Visit of the Governor of Edo State; Mr. Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki to the Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR).
“We want oil palm to be our own crude oil and, therefore, we will partner and work closely with you,”
These were the words of the Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki during his visit to the Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR) on August 9, 2017.
The Acting Executive Director of the Institute; Dr Napoleon Aisueni welcomed the Governor and stated that he was the first Executive Governor of Edo State to visit the Institute. He gave a brief history of NIFOR stating its mandate crops and the operating structure. He also stated the achievements as well as constraints to achieving optimum research output in the Institute.
The Governor disclosed that his government is interested in a partnership with the Institute to boost the production of Oil Palm products in the State by harnessing the expertise of the Institute.
He pleaded with the Institute to assist in strengthening the capacity of the State College of Agriculture, lguoriakhi in order to graduate trainees with skills for self-employment and middle level capacity for employment in the existing and emerging agribusinesses in the State and the nation.
The Acting Executive Director of NIFOR promised to provide the necessary assistance to the State Government.
The visit was marked with exhibitions of the Institute’s research results in crop improvement, agronomic practices, seed production and value addition.