Prof. Peter Onwualu, the Director-General of Raw Materials and Research and Development Council (RMRDC), says the organisation has secured a training programme for Nigerians on industrial cluster management.
“In fact under this cluster concept we just secured a training programme which is going to be funded by the Swedish International Development Agency to train Nigerians and Gambians, Onwualu told newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday.
“They are doing the training in three locations in Africa and we are able to secure the one for West Africa for Nigeria And The Gambia.
“This training is what we call cluster champions, consisting of men and women who will learn the skill on how to manage and operate clusters,’’ Onwualu said.
He said the training was a “train the trainers” programme for those, who would teach others in other parts of the country on how to form clusters in a way that would help them to attract necessary assistance to develop their production.
The director-general said that the Council had the vision of having, at least, one raw materials processing cluster in every local government area of Nigeria.
He noted that the idea of the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, was to use industrial clusters as a platform for industrial development in Nigeria.
“The idea is that if you stand as an individual, it is more difficult for you to survive than when you work with a group.
“When these are fully developed you will find out that it will develop the economy in terms of wealth creation,’’ he said.
Onwualu also said that the Council was also promoting industrial crops production, especially energy crops, adding that it recently concluded arrangements with “Audu Ogbe Farm’’ on the processing of castor crop in Abuja.