NIFOR: Monarch Pledges Support
Ibe Pays Him Courtesy Visit
THE board of Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR) led by Emperor Chris Baywood Ibe visited His Majesty, Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at the Oba’s Palace in Benin City to discuss way forward for the reinvigoration of NIFOR.
The Board Chairman Ibe, who was accompanied by his board members to the palace, solicited the support of the renowned monarch to turn around NIFOR for the better. While delivering his speech, he recalled the 1963 incidence when Malaysia came into Nigeria to take Palm Oil seedlings, an action that has made Malaysia, one of the leading Palm Oil exporters in the world alongside Ivory Coast. Emperor Baywood emphasized the need for the board to step up their game and take charge of the Oil Palm industry holistically.
He added that President Buhari is here to change the face of Agriculture and NIFOR is one institute that can help the Federal Government achieve that. He pleaded the support of all stakeholders and the State Government to create an enabling environment for Oil Palm industry as it is done for other industries in Nigeria.
Ibe also vowed to use his skills as a businessman in the Oil and Gas sphere to turn NIFOR around and make a lot of difference. He further said NIFOR can be a redefined arena, used to boost tourism but currently, the bush there is terrible and not suitable for tourists.
Oba Ewuare II said he was delighted to receive Ibe and his board members and he is more than convinced the board will deliver the greatness that NIFOR deserves. He especially applauded Baywood for the dexterity during his speech and the bravery and confidence he expressed while stating his visions.
The monarch said agricultural development is key for Nigeria at this time and he is in full support of NIFOR’s mission. He implored Ibe to look out to employ more skilled laborers, mostly from the Libya returnee so as to engage them and reduce the unemployment rate in the country.
Oba of Benin lastly exchanged contact with Baywood, and informed him the throne is always open, should he need any assistance from the palace.
Some of NIFOR’s board members who were in attendance include, Ben Kure, Chief Wale Arowomole, Chief Sylvester Ameh, amongst others.