raw materials research and development council

Brief About Raw Materials Research and Development Council - (RMRDC)

The Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) was established by Decree (Act) 39 of December 17, 1987 to develop local raw materials and co-ordinate research efforts especially in relation to raw materials acquisition, exploitation, conservation and development. This law enables RMRDC to draw 1% of the Import Duty Surcharge as the only source of funding for the Council. It does not receive any other allocation from the Federation Account. The Council operates under the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology (FMST).

The creation of RMRDC followed the organization of a conference by the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), the then Federal Ministry of Industry and the Nigerian Institute for Social and Economic Research (NISER). The conference with the theme: “The Raw Materials Question” held at the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) in 1983 was organized to address the dire situation on Nigeria’s raw materials development. One of the major decisions of the Conference was the creation of the RMRDC.

It was thus established to primarily serve the interests of the private sector by facilitating the local sourcing of raw materials by manufacturers. It also provides information which has enabled government to formulate appropriate policies for local raw materials development and utilization. Since the activities of RMRDC would create jobs and boost the conservation of foreign exchange by reducing the expenditure on raw materials imports, ensure increase productivity, capacity utilization and sustainable industrial growth, it was logical that the source of funds was tied to the surcharge on imports, the bulk of which is paid by the private sector. It was a suggestion to which the manufacturers, which pay the bulk of surcharge on imports, readily agreed, hence the set-up of RMRDC.

RMRDC commenced operations on February 10, 1988 and has embarked in the execution of projects and programmes aimed at the development of raw materials and saving foreign exchange earning for the nation. Today, the Council is the nation’s focal for the production, development and utilization of the nation’s abundant raw materials.

RMRDC Mandate
The statutory framework that established RMRDC (the Council) gave it the following mandate:

(a) to draw up policy guidelines and action programs on raw materials acquisition, exploration and development;
(b) to review from time-to-time, raw materials resources availability and utilization with a view to advising the Federal Government on the strategic implication of depletion, conservation or stock-pilling of such resources;
(c) to advise on adoption of machinery and processes for raw materials utilization;
(d) to encourage publicity of research findings and other information relevant to local sourcing of industries;
(e) to encourage growth of in-plant research and development of capabilities;
(f) to advise on and devise awards or systems for industries that achieve any break-through or make innovations and inventions;
(g) to organize workshops, symposia and seminars from time-to-time, designed to enlighten people on new developments and solutions discovered;
(h) to consider and advise on special research grants for specific objectives; and
(i) to consider and advise on any other issue capable of enhancing the objectives of the Council.

RMRDC Mission Statement – ‘’To be an indispensable catalyst for industrial growth and development in Nigeria’’.

RMRDC Vision Statement – ‘’To promote the development and optimal utilization of Nigeria’s natural resources for industrial growth.’’

AREAS OF FOCUS - Raw Materials Development for the following industrial Sectors:

  • Food, Beverages and Tobacco
  • Textile, Wearing Apparel, Leather and Leather Products
  • Wood and Wood Products
  • Pulp Paper and Paper Products, Printing and Publishing
  • Domestic and Industrial Plastics, Rubber and Foam
  • Chemical and Pharmaceuticals
  • Non Metallic Minerals
  • Electrical and Electronics
  • Basic Metal, Iron and Steel and Fabricated Metal Products
  • Motor Vehicle & Miscellaneous Assembly

     The core programs of the RMRDC include:

Local Raw Materials Content Development Programme:
  • Raw Materials Deletion Programme
  • National Raw Materials Policy
  • Boosting of Agricultural Raw Materials

Technology Development Programme
  • Upgrading Indigenous Technology for Processing Raw Materials
  • Establishment of Pilot Plants
  • Computer-Aided Processing Equipment Design
  • Capacity Building for design of Process Equipment and Plants
  • Mathematical Modeling of Process Equipment

International Collaboration
  • G-77 Action Committee on Raw Materials (ACRM)
  • G-15 projects on non-Metallic Minerals
  • Bilateral Collaboration between Nigeria and other countries
  • Pan African Competitiveness Forum (PACF)
  • African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS)
  • World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations (WAITRO)
  • Centre for S & T of the Non-aligned and other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre).

National Raw Materials Research And Development Programme
  • Research and development Projects in all Industrial Sectors (Grant-Scheme)
  • Raw Materials Quality Reference
  • New and Advanced Materials

Raw Materials Processing Clusters
  • Investment Promotion in all Industrial Sectors using Clustering
  • Consultancy and Industrial Brokerage
  • Investors Forum
  • Technical Exhibition
  • Entrepreneurship Development

Promoting Investment in Resource Based Industries - Establishment of over 20 pioneer commercial plants with SMEs under PPP framework

Raw Materials Information programme
  • Raw materials Information Systems (RMIS)
  • Raw Materials Resource Centers (headquarters and States)
  • Raw Materials Wide Area Network
  • Raw materials Update and Journal of Raw Materials Research
  • Techno-economic Surveys
The Council has established an internet base raw materials data bank.

RECOGNITIONS: RMRDC won the following awards in recent past:
  • National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Award, 2009 by President Umaru Yar’Adua.
  • Golden Achievement Award for Research and Development of Cocoa Products by Golden Cocoa Growers Association of Nigeria. 2009.
  • Best Exhibitor, Government Agency Award at 6th Abuja International Trade Fair, Abuja Chamber of Commerce.
  • Award of Excellence as best organization on industrial and Research Promotion by Nigeria Association by Nigerian Association of Small Scale Industries (NASSI), 2010
  • Service Delivery : Most outstanding Public Institutions Award in Nigeria (2011 - 2012) decided by Nigerians and compiled by the Independent Service Delivery Monitoring Group