The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Tuesday called for adequate policy to ensure collaboration among researchers in the country.
The Agency’s Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, made the call at the 10th Dr Josephus Ladipo Biennial Memorial Lecture, in Lagos.
Prof Adeyeye was represented on the occasion by Simidele Onabajo, Technical Assistant to the D-G on Food and Stakeholders.
She said policy would ensure that collaborated efforts are linked to the end result.
Prof Adeyeye listed the benefits of collaboration in research as: commercialization of results, learning, access to funds, grants and others and ensure knowledge transfer.
The Director-General said that collaboration would help bring the research to the fore, so that it would be used for the development of the economy of the country.
There is need to drive innovation by strengthening linkages that will ensure that research finding reach the final consumers,’’ she said.
A former Deputy Governor, Kano State, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, said that the industry was moving forward toward actualisation of the founding fathers’ mission.
“There is need to set guidelines to get maximum benefits of research collaboration, and ensure there exists a relationship between the project manager to ensure continuity.
“When everybody works together, it will ensure that the root of issues will be looked at and change the mindset of people toward research.
The lecture titled: “Research Collaboration and Industry Linkages: A Sustainable Partnership”, was organised by the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST).