Prof. Ibrahim said that the development of Kilishi technology for commercial use is its major breakthrough since the creation of the agency 33 years ago.
This statement caused some drama in the Senate house yesterday. The Director-General of the Raw Materials Research and Development Council, Professor Hussain Ibrahim, had appeared before the Senate Committee on Science and Technology to brief the senators on the activities of his agency.
Kilishi is a locally spiced roasted meat made of beef, and it is very popular in the northern part of Nigeria.
The Chairman of the Senate panel, Senator Uche Ekwunife, had asked the DG to tell Nigerians what specific raw material the agency had successfully produced in the country in partnership with other research institutes.
Ekwunife said, “Your core mandate is to develop local materials. Can you tell us the local raw materials you have developed in the areas of health, brewery, construction, science, and technology, or agriculture?
Just give us the synopsis of what you have developed or generated for local industries. Tell us about your breakthrough.”
An elated Ibrahim proudly told the panel that despite its lack of laboratory, the 33-year-old agency had succeeded in producing the local meat delicacy for commercial production as part of the agency’s breakthrough.
His submission led to prolonged laughter from the audience but drew the anger of the lawmakers. A member of the panel, Senator Clifford Ordia said,
“is this the success story that you are going to tell us after 33 years?“