Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO) says collaborative efforts between research institutes and universities in the country will create the paradigm shift needed to move the nation from a consuming one to a producing one.
It said the development of the small, medium and large-scale businesses is achievable through commercialising research products.
Gloria Elemo, the director-general of FIIRO made the call on Thursday while delivering a lecture titled: “Fostering collaboration between research institutes and universities towards commercialising research products’’.
She said: “Nigeria is currently an importing nation rather than being an exporting nation; efforts must be geared toward reversing this situation and in achieving this, no nation has it all; there must be harmonisation of our diverse cultures, professions, and personalities through collaboration to improve our economy.
“A conscious effort at creating an enabling environment for investing in research at all levels must be encouraged to develop our economy.”
The event was organised by the Faculty of Science, Adeyinka Adebayo Federal University in Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State.