The National Universities Commission (NUC) has commissioned Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai to lead the development of sectoral component of the blueprint for Nigeria’s prosperity in 2050 with a view to providing solutions to its challenges.

 The Vice Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Nasir Maiturare made this known while giving his remarks at a One-day Research Retreat on Nigeria’s Prosperity in 2050 Blueprint, Africa Centres of Excellence and NNPC Renewable Energy Collaboration Proposals Development organised by the University’s Centre for Applied Sciences and Technology Research (CASTER),held at the main campus.

 He said that the choice of IBB University by NUC to lead the project was in recognition of its national and global reputation in research and scholarly achievements in various sectoral areas.

 Professor Maiturare commended various research teams that were selected by the University to undertake the assignment for their efforts and commitment to the task; urging them to bring their scholarly talents to bear so that the privilege given to the University on the NUC legacy project and other projects on Renewable Energy Collaboration with NNPC and Africa Centres of Excellence on Shea Value-chain and Environmental Sustainability Research as well as Energy-Mix Research and Development would be justified.

 The Vice Chancellor also appreciated the NUC for having confidence in the University to participate in the national project of a blueprint for developing Science, Technology and Innovations (STI) in Nigeria of 2050 and assured of quality position paper that would provide positive solutions to the expected population expansion

 Earlier in his address, the University’s Director, Centre for Applied Sciences and Technology Research , Professor Nuhu Obaje, stated that the retreat was organised to collate interim reports of research teams that had been tasked on the NUC project and to develop action plan on other research projects.

 He assured that IBB University has the requisite intellectual capacity to develop a blueprint that could effectively manage the expected nation’s population by 2050 and the likely threats and opportunities that could accompany it.

 Professor Obaje who has been coordinating various high-impact research projects in the University reaffirmed the determination of research teams to ensure innovations and timely results from the study efforts being undertaken for the socio-economic development of the nation.

 Highlights of the retreat were presentation of interim reports by various research teams on NUC Blueprint project and development of action-plans on Africa Centres of Excellence research opportunities as well as NNPC renewable energy collaboration proposal.

 The Blueprint development teams were on Renewable Energy led by Dr. Dickson Musa Achinmugu of Biochemistry Department, Mining and Industrialisation led by Dr. Stephen Agwuncha of Chemistry Department; and Water Resources led by Dr. Samuel Ibrahim of Geography Department.

Others are Agriculture-Biotechnology and Food Security led by Dr. Alimi Folorunso Lawal of Faculty of Agriculture; and Education and ICT was led by Professor (Mrs) Rosemary Igbo while Professor Nuhu Obaje led the team on Conventional Energy.




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