The Management of the University of Ilorin has disclosed that the institution is set to begin the exportation of multi-purpose Shea butter very soon.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, disclosed this on Monday at a meeting with the Kwara State Coordinator of the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), Mrs Lydia Adewumi.
Abdulkareem noted that upon commencement of the exportation of the product, the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the institution would greatly improve.
He revealed that the Department of Chemistry was anchoring the project, which sought to improve the quality and shelf-life of the product.
He said the University is open to collaboration with the RMRDC to improve the value chain of agricultural products, adding that every produce should be processed to the end point.
According to him, Nigerian universities should work on ways to develop products from farm produce that cannot be preserved.
…the university is open to collaboration with the RMRDC to improve the value chain of agricultural products.
Meanwhile, Adewumi explained that the RMRDC is a government agency, under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology.
She said the agency is vested with the mandate to promote the development and utilisation of Nigeria’s industrial raw materials, while reiterating support for the institution in its efforts to promote development of the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Shea butter is a seed fat that comes from the Shea tree, found in the East and West tropical Africa.
The Shea butter comes from two oily kernels within the tree. After the kernel is removed from the seed, it is grounded into a powder and boiled in water. The butter then rises to the top of the water and becomes solid.
Shea butter works like an emollient, which helps soften and smoothen dry skin. It also contains substances that can reduce skin swelling and help treat conditions associated with skin swelling such as eczema.