The National Assembly lawmakers said they are impressed with the level of Infrastructral development at the Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR).
Members of the House of Representatives Committee on Agricultural Colleges and Research Institutions, made this assertion during a working oversight duties to the research institute in Lagos.
Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Munir Baba Dan Agundi said the committee members are happy with the level of infrastructural development NIOMR has put in place within the shortest period of time coupled with the paucity of funds bedeviling the agency in the last 40 years.
He said based on the budgetary submission proposed by the agency, it is imperative for the house committee to visit and verify their facilities, see things they have done, and to see the areas of interventions from the National Assembly in terms of proper funding.
Baba Dan Agundi noted that under President Muhammadu Buhari’s watch, the agency has improved a lot with the little resources they are getting from government.
He urged the management to do more in the area of research as well as to collaborate with her sister agencies, like the Nigerian Navy, NIMASA and the rest, so as to improve on the economy of the country.
He said: ” In 2011 and 2012, I came here to see the facilities of the fishery college and NIOMR. That time, where we are standing right now is not somewhere you can come near, and you can see the level of infrastructural improvement in the college which is very commendable,.”
Also speaking, the Executive Secretary of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria, Prof. Garba Sharubutu said
NIOMR is going to be empowered to conduct research to know the level of resources of the blue economy.
In his words: “For quite some time the research institute has been underfunded and the performance in terms of research has not been very serious.
“But with the coming of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, there’s the need to focus on agriculture for the purpose of diversification of the Nigerian economy.”
NIOMR Executive Director Dr Sule Abiodun said the commendation by the committee shows that the agency is keeping to its mandate, which is development of the blue economy in support of this government’s agricultural policy.
He,however, urged the committee members to support the institute more, so as to improve the economic value of the country.