FG To Upgrade NIFOR For Optimal Performance
A massive nationwide upgrade of the Nigerian Institute For Oil Palm Research (NIFOR) with a major substation in Akwa Ibom is to be carried out by the Federal Government.
The oil palm substation of NIFOR, the second largest of the institute’s locations in the country, is hosted by communities on the border of Abak and Oruk Anam Local Government Areas of Akwa Ibom.
Information on the planned upgrade was contained in a brief sent to the Office of the State Deputy Governor, Mr Moses Ekpo, by the member representing Ukanafun/Oruk Anam Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Abuja, Mr Uyime Idem.
Idem disclosed that when he raised a motion on NIFOR on the floor of the House of Representatives, no fewer than 300 out of 360 of his colleagues were proudly in support, given the critical role the Institute in the current agric-based approach in diversifying the nation’s economy, especially in Akwa Ibom, which is the heart of the country’s oil-palm belt.
The motion on NIFOR, he said, was passed on the floor of the National Assembly with seven amendments requested by his colleagues who also have substations of NIFOR located in their respective Federal Constituencies and wished that the Federal Government be captured in its planned upgrade.
Idem disclosed that the implementation of the decision of the House, including the expansion of the NIFOR board to accommodate an Akwa Ibom indigene would be covered in next year’s budget of the Federal Government.
He pledged his total commitment to give his federal constituents effective representation in the National Assembly and solicited their continued support to enable him succeed and deliver on his core mandate.