Zaria — The National Research Institute for Chemical Technology (NARICT), Zaria, yesterday said it has introduced a new technology that would enable Nigerians to use Moringa plant for water treatment, toward increasing the accessibility to portable water in the country.
Director General of the institute, Professor Idris Bugaje, made this known during the opening ceremony of a national workshop on Science and Technology Post Basic Education and Research (STEP-B) taking place at the institute.
"The Moringa project is another viable project that will enhance the health, water treatment and economic viability of our citizens. The plant is easily accessible, especially in the rural areas. This is why we are coming up with this Moringa technology that is aimed at providing solution to the water problem of the country without difficulties and at much affordable cost," Professor Bugaje said.
He explained that NARICT had come up with many projects aimed at providing technological and economic solutions to the challenges facing the country.
"The petrochemicals project for converting coal and municipal wastes to urea and methanol as a way of providing fertilizer to our farmers and methanol as raw material for secondary chemicals is making tremendous progress. We also have the Neem organo-mineral fertilizer plant that produces organic fertilizer using Neem, which had already been established in some parts of the country," Professor Bugaje said.
Professor A. S. Ahmed of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria and Professor A. Akaranta of the University of Port Harcourt would lead the technical session of the workshop as resource persons.