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This Act establishes the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria for forestry research education and training in Nigeria.
FORESTRY RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF NIGERIA (ESTABLISHMENT) ACT, 2018
ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
FORESTRY RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF NIGERIA (ESTABLISHMENT) ACT, 2018
An Act to establish the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria for forestry research, education and training in Nigeria; and for related matters.
[17 August, 2018] Commencement
ENACTED by the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria:
PART I – ESTABLISHMENT OF THE FORESTRY RESEACH INSTITUTE OF NIGERIA
Establishment of Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria
1.(1) There is established the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (in this Act referred to as “the Institute”).
(2) The Institute:
(a) is a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal which shall be kept in such custody as the Institute may authorise;
(b) may sue and be sued in its corporate name; and
(c) may hold, acquire and dispose of any property, moveable or immoveable, in carrying out its duties.
(3) The Headquarters of the Institute shall be in Ibadan with research outstations and colleges in each of the six geopolitical zones of the Federation.
Functions of the Institute
(a) researching, experimentation, sample application and patenting;
(b) innovation and technology dissemination through farming systems and extension services;
(c) the improvement of genetic resources of forest trees and the ecosystem for economic development;
(d) the improvement of silvicultural practices relating to forest trees of economic importance;
(e) the mechanization and improvement of the methods of cultivating, harvesting, processing, domestication and biotechnological mass production of plant stocks of forest trees of economic importance;
(f) researching into the utilization strategies of forest products, improvement of same, inclusive of forest trees and processed mill-woods wastes;
(g) studying the ecology of pests and diseases of forest trees and their control;
(h) researching into the development of agro-forestry system for the integration of forest trees of economic importance into farming system in different ecological zones and its socio-economic effects on the rural populations;
(i) forestry education and training through its National and Higher National Diploma awarding tertiary institutions namely:
(i) Federal College of Forestry, Ibadan,
(ii) Federal College of Forestry, Jos,
(iii) Federal College of Wildlife Management, New Bussa, Niger, and
(iv) Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afak, Kaduna;
(j) forestry extension and dissemination;
(k) researching into the:
(i) biodiversity of Nigerian forests in relation to its flora and fauna,
(ii) different suitable bio diversity and appropriate methods of control of ecological and environmental problems of the country with respect to desertification, soil erosion and deforestation, inclusive if the conservation, protection and management of the coastal mangrove, watershed and sand-dunes, and
(iii) appropriate application of remote sensing and geographical information systems (GNS) for climate change monitoring and adaptation as well as dendrology studies;
(l) making suitable arrangements for the application of the results of the research work under paragraph (1) (i) by the Federal and State ministries, agencies and private sector for the economic development of Nigeria;
(m) co-operating with relevant Nigeria and international universities, research institutes and other institutions in the mobilization of the country’s research potential on forestry for the task of national development and dissemination of research findings on the issues relating to forestry for the use of policy makers at all levels; and
(n) doing anything and entering into all professional transactions that will enhance proper performance of its functions.
Powers of the Institute
3.(1) The Institute may, with the approval of its supervising Ministry or Board, enter into association or agreement with the competent authorities of any university or other institution of higher learning or recogised international institutions for the purpose of promoting or furthering mutual co-operation in the field of scientific research in respect of which the Board has responsibility under this Act.
(2) The Institute may, at the written request of any government agency, local government authority or private organisation, train laboratory, field ecology extension and other categories or description of workers relative to their specified fields of research.
(3) Without prejudice to its research functions, the Institute may produce improved seedlings and other planting materials as part of its research and experimental programmes for use of farmer in different ecological zones of the Federation.
(4) The Institute shall, when so requested by the Federal Government, government agencies, States or Local Government authorities or any authorised body, provide information or give advice relating to their specified fields of research.
Establishment of the Governing Board of the Institute
4.(1) There shall be for the Institute, the Governing Body (in this Act referred to as “the Board”) charged with the administration of policies of the Institute.
(2) The membership of the Board shall be evenly distributed among the six geopolitical zones of the Federation.
(3) The Board shall consist of:
(a) a chairman, who is knowledgeable in forestry or related discipline;
(b) a representative of the Ecological Fund Office;
(c) a representative of the Supervising Ministry;
(d) two other members nominated by the President; and
(e) the Director-General of the Institute.
(4) With the exception of the Director-General, the membership of the Board shall be on part-time basis.
(5) A member of the Board may resign his appointment by a letter addressed to the President, through the Minster, and, if accepted, the resignation takes effect from the date the President receives the letter of resignation.
(6) Members of the Board shall, unless otherwise provided, hold office for a term of four years and may be eligible for another term of four years and no more.
Powers of the Board
(a) perform all functions conferred on the Institute by this Act;
(b) formulate policies for the Institute;
(c) make rules to govern the procedures of its meetings; and
(d) make recommendation to the Minister on the establishment of special colleges in other parts of the country as the need arises.
(2) The provision of the Schedule to this Act shall apply with respect to the proceedings of the Board.
The Director-General of the Institute
(2) The Director-General shall be:
(a) a Research Professor with vast experience in forestry and or related disciplines;
(b) charged with the day-to-day management of the affairs of the Institute in accordance with such instructions as may be given to him by the Minister, through the Board of the Institute; and
(c) the accounting officer of the Institute;
(3) The Director-General of the Institute shall hold office for a term of four years and may be eligible for re-appointment for another term of four years and no more.
(4) The Board may appoint such other persons as employees of the Institute either by way of transfer or secondment from any of the public service r any university in the Federation or otherwise as it considers necessary.
(5) The Institute shall operate research professorial cadre system for research or lecturers and directorate equivalent system for support services staff such as:
(a) the Institute’s Secretary for Administration Cadre System;
(b) the Institute’s Librarians for Library Cadre System;
(c) the Institute’s Accountant for the Account and Finance Cadre System;
(d) the Institute’s Auditor for the Audit Cadre System; and
(e) the Head of Procurement for the Procurement Cadre System.
(6) The remuneration, conditions of service and tenure of office of the employees of the Institute shall be determined by the National Income, Salaries and Wages Commission and the Federal Civil Service Commission.
(2) The Provost shall:
(a) be a Ph.D holder and possess a minimum experience as a Senior Lecturer in the field of forestry related discipline;
(b) be charged with the day-to-day management of the College in accordance with such instructions as may be given to him by the Board or Director-General of the Institute;
(c) design research programmes, the formulation and implementation of research proposals relevant to the Institute;
(d) coordinate the training programmes, research and provisions of intellectual leadership;
(e) be responsible for the collation and interpretation of research data and the preparation of scientific reports;
(f) prepare annual and quarterly reports in respect of his College;
(g) be responsible for the College development programmes and planning; and
(h) hold office for a non-renewable term of five years.
(3) The Board shall recommend the removal of the Provost to the Minister if he s found incompetent or incapacitated.
PART II – PROFESSIONAL DSCIPLINE
Penalties for unprofessional conduct
(a) is judged to be guilty of infamous conduct in any professional respect,
(b) is found to have contravened the provisions of the Public Service Rules, or
(c) contravenes directives issued as government circulars from the:
(i) supervising ministry,
(ii) Federal Civil Service Commission
(iii) Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation,
(iv) Office of the Head of Service, and
(v) other Federal Government offices with authority to issue circulars and directives,
the staff shall be subjected to the disciplinary measures in accordance with the regulations contained in the Public Service Rules.
PART III – MISCELLANEOUS AND GENERAL PROVISIONS
Provision of library
(a) provide and maintain a library comprising books and publication for the advancement of knowledge of forestry and
(b) for the payment of fees, allowances and benefits of members of the Board;
(c) to the payment for the functions of the Institute under this Act or any matter connected to its function;
(d) to meet any capital expenditure of the Institute;
(e) for the payment of salaries, allowances and benefits of officers and other employees of the Institute;
(f) to such reasonable travelling and subsistence allowances of members of the Board, Director-General and other staff in respect of time spent on the duties of the Institute as may be determined by the Board and other guidelines of the Institute;
(g) to maintain any property acquired by or vested in the Institute; and
(h) to implement all or any of the expenditure of the Institute.
Bank accounts of the Institute
(2) Any fund of the Institute in excess of an imprest to be determined by the Board shall be lodged into the Institute account.
Power to accept gift
14.(1) The Institute may accept gifts of land, money or other testamentary dispositions, endowments and contributions on such terms and conditions, if any, as may be specified by the donor.
(2) The Institute shall not accept any gift if the conditions attached by the donor are inconsistent with the objectives and functions of the Institute under this Act.
Power to borrow
(2) No consent or authority shall required under subsection (1), if the sum or the aggregate of the sum involved at any time does not exceed such amount as may, for the time being, specified in relation to the Institute by the Federal Government.
Annual estimates, accounts and audit
(2) The Institute shall keep proper books of records and accounts which shall be audited by auditors approved by the Board from the list of auditors in accordance with the guidelines supplied by the Auditor-General for the Federation.
Indemnity of members
Legal proceedings and services of summons
(a) cause of action;
(b) particulars of the claim;
(c) name and place of abode of the intending plaintiff or claimant; and
(d) relief which he claims
(2) The notice referred to in subsection (1) and any summons, notice or other document required or authorised to be served on the Institute under the provisions of this Act or any other enactment or law may be served by:
(a) delivering the documents to the office of the Director-General; or
(b) sending it by registered post addressed to the Director-General at the Headquarters of the Institute.
Savings and transitional provisions
20.(1) Any Statutory function, right, liability, interest and obligation existing in the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria before the commencement of this Act shall, by virtue of this Act, be deemed to have been assigned and vested in the Institute after the commencement of this Act.
(2) All assets, funds, resources and other property which, before the commencement of this Act, were vested in the Institute are by virtue of this Act, deemed to have been assigned and vested in the Institute after the commencement of this Act.
Seal of the Institute
“Board” means the Governing Board of the Institute established under section 4 (1);
“Director-General” means the Director-General appointed under section 6 (1);
“Institute” means the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria established under section 1 (1);
“College” means the Federal Colleges of the Institute under this Act;
“member” means a member of the Board;
“Minister” means the Minister charged with the responsibility for matters relating to forestry; and
“Supervising Ministry” means the Ministry charged with the responsibility for matters relating to forestry.
SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS RELATING TO THE BOARD AND THE INSTITUTE
Qualifications and Tenure of Office of Members
1.(1) Subject to the provisions of this paragraph, a member of the Board shall hold office from the effective date of the instrument of his appointment.
(2) A member of the Institute who ceases to be a member shall, if he is also a member of the Board, cease to hold office on the Board.
Powers of the Board
Proceedings of the Board
(2) Standing order shall provide that decision shall be taken by a majority of the members, and, in the event of quality of votes, the Chairman has a second or casting vote.
(3) Standing orders made for a committee shall provide that the committee is to report back to the Board on any matter not within it competence to decide.
(4) The quorum of the Board shall be four and the quorum of an Committee of the Board shall be fixed by the Board.
(2) A Committee set up under this paragraph shall consist of such number of persons as may be determined by the Institute and a person, other than a member of the Institute, shall hold office on the Committee in accordance with the terms of his appointment.
(3) A decision of a Committee of the Institute is of no effect until it is confirmed by the Institute.
Meetings of the Institute
Meeting of the Board
(2) At any meeting of the Board, the Chairman shall preside but, in his absence, the members present at the meeting shall appoint one of them to preside at the meeting.
(3) Where the Board decides to obtain the advice of any person on a particular matter, the Board may co-opt him as a member for such period as the Board deems fit, but a person who is a member by virtue of this subparagraph is not entitled to vote at any meeting of the Board and shall not count towards a quorum.
(4) Notwithstanding anything in the provisions of this paragraph, the first meeting of the Board shall be convened by the Minister who may be given such directions as he deem fit as to the procedure which shall be followed by the Board.
7.(1) The fixing of the seal of the Institute shall be authenticated by the signature of the Director-General of the Institute or an officer authorised by the Institute to act in his place for this purpose.
(2) A contract or instrument, which if made or executed by a person not being a body corporate would not be required to be under seal, may be made or executed on behalf of the Institute or Board, as the case may require, by any person generally or specifically authorised to act for that purpose by the Board.
(3) A document purporting to be a document duly executed under the seal of the Institute shall be received in evidence and is, unless the contrary is proved, deemed to be so executed.
(a) any vacancy in the membership;
(b) any defect in the appointment of a member of the Institute or Board; or
(c) reason that a person not entitled to do so took part in the proceedings.