The Management of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, has assured that all the necessary expertise needed to actualise the interests of Hydropolis Investments, Limited at the Amfani Industrial Park Mega project, a largest in Africa’s investment history is available in the Institution.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Abu Kasim Adamu made this known while receiving a team from Hydropolis Investment at the Senate Chamber of the University.
Professor Adamu explained that the University would continue to collaborate with Hydropolis Investments Limited for the mutual benefit of the two parties; stressing that conscious efforts would be made to deliver on all the projects by with excellent results.
He affirmed that the partnership would bridge the gap between the academia and the industry.
The Vice-Chancellor further explained that the mandate of the University is to train, research and provide community service; adding that the Institution has the capacity to engage in exploring other areas like acquaculture, agriculture, entrepreneurial development, public health and ICT.
He, however, assured the team that IBB University would strengthen the confidence reposed on its and appreciated Hydropolis Investments Limited for giving the University the project.
Professor Adamu expressed appreciation for the confidence reposed in the University by the Management of Hydropolis Investments Limited.
In his remarks, the Head of Mining, Hydropolis Investments Limited, Engr. Babani Amadu explained that the aim of the company is to engage experts that will add value to the business focus of the company, while assisting to build more capacity for the University.
Engr. Babani, who represented the Managing Director of the Company, said the company has confidence in the University, hence the collaboration to do business especially in the area of mining.
He affirmed that the partnership marks the beginning of many other engagements with the University.
Presenting an Interim report on detailed feasibility studies of Geological exploration on Gold deposit located in Borgu Local Goverment Area of the State, the Coordinating Director, Research and Development Directorate of the University, Professor Nuhu George Obaje explained that detailed geological survey, including geophysical and geochemical evaluations have been deployed to assess the economic viability of of gold deposit in the Hydropolis licensed area.
He said the University as the appointed consultant has made significant progress on the conduct of environmental impact assessment, community development agreement and production of an environmental protection and remediation plan for the project.
The Coordinating Director further advised appropriately on the economic viability of the mineral deposits in the area, applauding the business initiatives of Hydropolis Investments Limited.
Also Professor Salihu Adelabu who is the Director of the Centre for Research Commercialization and a member of the mining project team made a presentation that centered on the processes made in community sensitization and development of community development agreement.
Equally, Associate Professor Mohammed Aliyu Paiko had his presentation on the significance of aquaculture development to entire value chain of Hydropolis Amfani Free Zone Development Area.
The Registrar, Alhaji Musa Ango Abdullahi expressed appreciation for the confidence reposed on the University by the Management to engage in meaningful collaboration.
He assured that no efforts would be spared to ensure that the projects are delivered to the standard of Hydropolis Investments so as to further cement the relationship.