The Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) is an agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria (under the supervision of Federal Ministry of Science and Technology) vested with the mandate to promote the development and utilization of Nigeria’s industrial raw materials. It originated from the recommendations of workshop on industrial matters organised by the then Federal Ministry of Industry, Manufacturers association of Nigeria (MAN) and the Nigeria Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER) in July, 1983.
RMRDC was established by the RMRDC Act, oroginally promnigated into law by Decree 39 of 1987 and presently cited as RMRDC Act, CAP R.3 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
RMRDC was established at a time when dwindling foreign exchange earnings from petroleum was expended to import raw materials and products which were available or could be competitively produced in Nigeria. It commenced operation in Lagos on February 10, 1988. Currently, RMRDC operates from its corporate Headquarters in Abuja with coordinating offices in the thirty six (36) states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). RMRDC is today, Nigeria’s focal point for the development and utilization of the nation’s vast industrial raw materials resources, thus facilitating the establishment of new resource-based industries which in turn provide new job opportunities and contribute to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
To be an indispensable catalyst for industrial growth and development in Nigeria.
To promote the development and optimal utilisation of Nigeria’s natural resources for growth.
Our Core Activities
RMRDC was established to:
• Provide information which would enable government formulate appropriate policies for domestic raw materials exploitation, development, utilisation and investment
• Reduce the dependence and expenditure on raw material imports; conserve foreign, increase productivity, increase capacity utilisation, sustainable industrial growth and development
• Serve the interests of the private sector by facilitating the sourcing, development, and utilisation of domestic raw materials in manufacturing
RMRDC provides opportunities for hands-on entrepreneurship skill acquisition in diverse resource-based investment areas of the 10 industrial sectors of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) namely: food, beverage and tobacco; textile and wearing apparel; leather and leather products; wood and wood products; chemicals, pharmaceuticals and plastics, rubber; motor vehicle and miscellaneous; electrical and electronics; pulp and paper; as well as new and advanced materials; to promote value addition to our abundant natural resources.
Business Development Services
The Council offers business support, consultancy and advisory services to entrepreneurs in various sectors of the economy. These encompass enterprises start-up, business documentation, equipment sourcing, production, business plan/feasibility studies development, ICT and marketing of products.
It also provides platforms for B2B networking through exhibitions, trade fairs, workshops seminars, etc.