PROJECTS DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTEPRODA

About PRODA

Mission Statement

To facilitate the development and deployment of science and technology apparatus to enhance the pace of socioeconomic development of the country, through appropriate technological inputs into productive activities.

Vision Statement

To make Nigeria one of the acknowledged leaders of the scientifically and technologically developed nations of the world.

Brief History

PRODA was a creation of the defunct East Central State Government under Edict No. II of 1971. It was charged with the broad function of generating and catalyzing industrialization by carrying out industrial research from the laboratory stage to the pilot plant stage, and by rendering consultancy services to Governments, industry and individuals. It is, therefore, one of the oldest Research Institutes in the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology (FMST).

When in 1976, East Central State was split into Anambra and Imo States, The Federal Government recognized the need not to balkanize PRODA by the emerging states and hence took it over as a Federal Government Research Institute under Decree No.5 of 1977; still retaining its acronym 'PRODA' and motto; 'Industrialization Through Self-Reliance. In 1980 with the creation of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, it became one of the Institutes.

Management of the Institute

PRODA function through a Governing Board which reports to the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, the supervising ministry. The board determines the policy guidelines of the Institute and in its absence, its authority transfers to the Supervising Ministry.

The Institute's Management Committee is made up of six Heads of Departments and chaired by the Director General/Chief Executive Officer, who is responsible for the day to day running of the Institute.

PRODA's MANDATE

PRODA function through a Governing Board which reports to the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, the supervising ministry. The board determines the policy guidelines of the Institute and in its absence, its authority transfers to the Supervising Ministry.

The Institute's Management Committee is made up of six Heads of Departments and chaired by the Director General/Chief Executive Officer, who is responsible for the day to day running of the Institute.

  • Materials science and technology, including metallurgy, foundry work, plastics and synthetic fibres;
  • Processing of ceramic materials and other solid based minerals for industrial use, including development of ceramic, glass and mineral technology;
  • Processing of local foodstuffs of economic value;
  • Mechanical engineering including engineering design, fabrication, machining and other processes;
  • Coal utilization;
  • Electrical and electronic elements particularly electrical generators, motors, transformers and switchgear;
  • Science laboratory equipment development including apparatus for teaching of the physical sciences and engineering;
  • Economic evaluation of research results to establish their viability in industrial projects;
  • Technical, analytical and consultancy service for existing and planned industries; and
  • Any other related matters as may be determined from time to time by the Minister

Departments and the HODs

Director General's Office (DG's Office )

Engr. Dr. Charles Nkemdirim Agulanna

The Director General/Chief Executive Officer, PRODA.

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Engineering Research Development & Production Department (ERDP)

Engr. Dr. Edwin C. Oriaku, PhD.,FNMchiE.

Director / HOD of Engineering Research Development & Production Department (ERDP), PRODA Enugu

Electrical Power & Electronic Development Department (EPED)

Engr. Dr. Fabian C. Okonkwo, PhD,FNIEEE.

Director / HOD Electrical Power and Electronics Development Department [EPED], PRODA Enugu

Administration & Finance Department (A&F)
Director / HOD  [A&F] Dept. PRODA Enugu

Mr. Emmanuel C. Illo MBA, (ACCT),CNA.

Director / HOD Administration & Finance Department [A & F] PRODA Enugu

Materials and Energy Technology Department (MET)

Dr. David E. Ezemokwe. PhD MNMGS

Deputy Director / HOD Materials and Energy Technology Department [MET] PRODA Enugu

Ceramics Research and Production Department (CPD)

Dr. Mrs. Arit B. Etukudoh Ph.D

Deputy Director / HOD Ceramics Research and Production Department [CPD], PRODA Enugu

Industrial Promotion, Information Documentation Department (IPID)

Mrs. Angela C. Aniebue, B.Sc ED. (MNLA)

Deputy Director/HOD Industrial Promotion, Information Documentation Department [IPID] PRODA Enugu.

Socio-Economic Impact of PRODA R&Ds

PRODA's mandate as enshrined in the decree, among others, is to facilitate the Nation's drive towards technological self-reliance, by producing the capital goods and process technologies needed by SMEs to produce local raw materials in producing consumer goods. That PRODA has coped with this challenge is evident from the number of self-employed artisans and SMEs that survive on PRODA made machines.

PRODA now has over Sixty (60) viable research products and concluded R & D results ready for commercialization on its slate. Some of the products and services for which PRODA has proven competence include the following the design and development of agro and agro-allied processing machines for cassava, palm fruit, maize, soyabeans etc., institutional and industrial thermal process equipment; cottage foundry products, ceramics and bricks products and materials; transport industry and motor vehicle equipment/parts; Industrial and domestic electrical power products/ equipment; dryers, bakery and confectionery equipment; smokeless coke and solid biomass fuel production, process technology for graphite beneficiation and utilization for pencil and crucible pot development etc.

PRODA holds thirteen number patents and has also received many awards including a MAN/Academy of Science Award for potent and stable Electrical Porcelain Insulators products, pin and shackle types, suitable for Power Holding Company of Nigeria and rural electrification lines. In addition, the Institute has produced many publications both national and international.

PRODA undertakes Industrial Training for students from tertiary Institutions to acquire on-the-job training related to their various discipline in their institutions. For the past five years PRODA has trained about one thousand and forty five students under IT programme and about one hundred and fifty two members of the NYSC scheme. The Extension Services and Training unit of PRODA has provided consultancy and training services to numerous clients, including the Armed Forces, Tertiary Institutions, Factories and numerous private sector enterprises, corporate bodies, institutions, and individuals. One of the big testimonies of the industrialization effort of PRODA is that the SCIENTIFIC EQUIPMENT DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE, ENUGU, SEDI-E was born and established on the vision of the Federal Government to commercialize the production of science laboratory equipment manufacturing technology developed and innovated in PRODA. In addition, the Institute popularized the use of bricks as an alternative to block for building construction through its pilot brick plant. This led to establishment of brick factories nationwide. The civil service secretariat and a housing estate at Enugu bear testimony to this.

There is a growing demand for PRODA-made equipment and industrial spare parts. The Institute addresses this demand by test production and marketing of client requisitioned items. Such products of PRODA are in use in numerous locations nationwide. PRODA, also helps in solving the need of the manufacturing sector of industry by packaging industrial production plants for investors and supporting same with both consultant expertise and plant spare parts. Numerous entrepreneurial locations nation-wide use PRODA-made equipment. These are particularly relevant in the Federal Government policies into which PRODA has been listed.

In the area of community development, the Institute has provided and transferred improved post harvest technologies to SMEs and established new ones in some geo-political zones in the country. In this regard, PRODA has established Agro-processing centres (clusters) in the following areas:- Oyo State 2 no; Ogun State 7 no; Enugu State 4 no; Anambra State 6 no. Presently, work is on-going to establish such centers in Ondo, Kano, Kaduna, Imo, Yobe and Akwa-Ibom States. Some of these communities' small-scale enterprises include skill acquisition/training, as well as development of efficient and economic utilization of appliances for cottage industries development. It is worthy to note that PRODA renders consultancy services to end-users – Government, OPS, SMEs, entrepreneurs, Institutions, professional bodies, individuals, students, corporate bodies, NGOs etc in the following areas – equipment design, fabrication, installation and maintenance , spare parts production, foundry castings, assessment, science equipment manufacture and repairs; geological field services, chemical/physical laboratory analysis, electrical/electronic services, feasibility studies etc.

Director General/CEO's Profile

Engr. Dr. Charles Nkemdirim Agulanna was born on 16th January, 1957 to Mr. and Mrs. Titus O. Agulanna of Aboh Mbaise LGA in Imo State. He is happily married with five children. Engr. Dr. Agulanna had his primary school education in four states of the Federation namely Niger, Ogun, Enugu and finally at St. Mary's Elementary school Aboh Mbaise LGA in Imo State

His secondary school education was in Aboh Mbaise Secondary School before he moved to Federal Government College, Ijaniki, Lagos where he obtained the higher school certificate in 1977. Subsequently, he attended the University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba where he obtained the B.Sc Honours Degree and a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1981 and 1988 respectively.

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He later obtained a Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Business Administration from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1994, followed by another PGD in Computer Science and Engineering from Enugu State University of Science and Technology in 1995. Engr. Dr. Agulanna further obtained the Ph. D Degree in Power and Energy from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, in 2012.

The DG/CEO, PRODA, has attended several International trainings abroad, one of which was for the design and fabrication of cross-flow turbines in PT ENTEC, Indonesia, 2010.

Engr. Dr. C. N. Agulanna has over twelve (12) international publications some of which include the following:

  • Experimental Studies of Anaerobic Digestion of Organic Fraction of Municipal solid Waste using a Bioreactor with Integral Flow Features (Journal of Emerging Trends in Engineering and Applied Sciences, JETEAS) United Kingdom, June 2011, vol. 2, No. 3
  • Improving the Productivity of Soya-Bean Processing through the design and Fabrication of double Action Decorating and Separating Machine (Journal of Emerging Trends in Engineering and Applied Sciences, JETEAS) United Kingdom, June 2011, vol. 2, No. 3
  • Data Evaluation of Bioreactor Performance from Anaerobic Digestion of Organic Municipal Waste in a Test rig of coupled Bioreactor with differing Flow Features (Research Journal in Engineering and Applied Sciences 2(4) 236-245. Emerging Academy Resources (2013) (ISSN: 2276-8467)

Engr. Dr. C. N. Agulanna is a member of many professional bodies, some of which are:

  • Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE)
  • Council of Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN)
  • Fellow, Institute of Corporate Administration of Nigeria
  • Fellow, Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers (NiMechE)

He earned the prestigious award of Justice of Peace (JP) in 2013 and a merit award from the League of Democratic Students in 2014.

Engr. Dr. Agulanna has held many positions. He rose to the rank of Lecturer I in Federal Polytechnic, Unwana, Afikpo in the Mechanical Engineering Department from 1982 – 1993. Thereafter, he transferred his service to the Projects Development Institute (PRODA), Enugu, as a Principal Research Officer in 1993, where he attained the rank of Director of Engineering in 2004. He is presently the Director-General/CEO, PRODA, Enugu, in addition to other portfolios, some of which are: Project Manager, STEP-B, PRODA; Coordinator, Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer, PRODA.

The DG/CEO, PRODA, has served as resource person in many National assignments which include: Member, National Coordinating Unit, African Regional Centre for Technology (1998); National Committee of the Inventory of Indigenous and Upcoming Technologies for the processing of Local Raw Materials (2002, sponsored by RMRDC).

His recent innovative projects, initiated, supervised and patented are:

  • Palm Kernel Nut Cracker/Separation Machine, 22nd July, 2010 (REF. NO: NG/P/2010/543)
  • Soya Bean De-husking /Separation Machine, 22nd July, 2010 (REF.NO: NG/P/2010/544)
  • Improved Version of Cassava Peeling Machine, 22nd July, 2010 (REF. NO: NG/P/2010/547)
  • Dry Grain Microniser Machine, 20th Nov., 2013 (REF.NO: NG/P/2013/763)
  • Net Process Wet Soya-bean De-coating Machine, 20th Nov., 2013 (REF. NO: NG/P/2013/749)
  • Test Rig of Integrated Bioreactors for Anaerobic Digestion of Organic Waste, 20th Nov., 2013 (REF. NO: NG/P/2013/750)

PRODA New Administration Buildings

Sections Of PRODA New Ceramics Production Building

PRODA School Pencil Production Buildings

PRODA Coal Briquetting Building

PRODA PATENTS

S/N TITLE OF PATENT INVENTORS Reference No. WHERE PATENTED GUARANTEE YEAR PATENTED
1. Integrated System of Test Rig of Bioreactor for Anaerobic Digestion of Municipal Organic Waste Engr. Dr. C. N. Agulanna NOTAP PRODA 2012
2. Dry Grain Micronizer Engr. E. C. Oriaku
Engr. Dr. C. N. Agulanna
NOTAP PRODA 2012
3. Wet Soya Bean De-coating Machine Engr. Dr. C. N. Agulanna
Engr. E. C. Oriaku
NOTAP PRODA 2012
4. Palm Kernel Nut Cracker Separation Engr. Dr. C. N. Agulanna
Engr. E. C. Oriaku
NG/P/2010/543 NOTAP PRODA 2010
5. Soya Bean De-Husking / Separation Machine Engr. Dr. C. N. Agulanna
Engr. E. C. Oriaku
Engr. I. Ofili
Engr. J. Odenigbo
NG/P/2010/544 NOTAP PRODA 2010
6. New Improved Version of Cassava Peeling Machine Engr. Dr. C. N. Agulanna
Engr. J. O. J. Agwunobi
NG/P/2010/547 NOTAP PRODA 2010
7. Cassava Preparation Peeler Prof. G. O. Ezekwe 1468955 North Ireland, UK PRODA 23 May 1974
8. Garri Frying Machine Engr. E. O. Kaine 2426 FRN PRODA 06 April 1973
9. Garri Preparation Machine Prof. G. O. Ezekwe 9016 FRN PRODA 21 March 1985
10. Steam cooker Prof. G. O. Ezekwe 9017 FRN PRODA 21 March 1985
11. Brewing of Lager Beer from 75 % Substitution of Barley Malt with Sorghum Malt Dr. (Mrs.) N. Aniche
Mr. Harry Okolo
Mr. Godson Ajiri
9018 FRN PRODA 22 March 1985
12. Brewing of Lager Beer from 100 % Sorghum Malt and Imported Hops Dr. (Mrs.) N. Aniche
Prof. Nduka Okafor
9019 FRN PRODA 22 March 1985
13. Production of Sorghum Malt Dr. (Mrs.) N. Aniche
Mr. Harry Okolo
9015 FRN PRODA 22 March 1985
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