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FMST, UNIABUJA Sign MoU On Facilities Sharing

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Posted: Apr 24, 2016 at 6:35 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chibuzor Emejor
ABUJA
Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, and the University of Abuja have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that would allow the two institutions to share facilities for the promotion of science and technology learning, research and development studies.
Speaking at the signing ceremony at the weekend in Abuja, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, the Minister of Science and Technology, explained that the MoU would allow the Agencies and Research Institutes under the supervision of the Ministry to make available some of their facilities to the University for the education of the science, engineering and technology students of the school.
Onu who underscored the need for government-industry-university-relationship, added that the senior staff of some of the research agencies would go to the university to teach students on certain practical areas relevant to their studies.
He said the signing of the pact was historic, as it pointed to the direction the ministry would be exploring in the near future.
Explaining the rationale behind the agreement with the university, the minister said: “Many of our agencies do advanced research, and they have a lot of equipment which our universities do not have.
“So you can see that this collaboration is in the best interest of the nation. We want to make sure that the assets and resources of the ministry are utilised in the best possible for the good of our country,” he stated.
He further expressed his willingness to visit the universities to lecture, describing the ivory towers as his “second home,” having taught at the University of Port Harcourt for years.
He also revealed that apart from the university, the Ministry would soon sign MoU with five other universities in each geo-political zones in the country.
He noted that initiative would promote the search for a better Nigeria, adding that good ideas from the higher institutions of learning must be converted to products and services for the development of the country.
Earlier, Prof. Michael Adikwu, Vice Chancellor of the university, stressed the need for government institutions to collaborate and complement one another for national development.
Adikwu, who said the agreement would be beneficial to both parties, explained that while the university would use the laboratories of the research institutes of government, the Institutes would also use the school’s laboratory for exchange of ideas.
Commenting on the commercialisation of research findings, he called on the private sector to assist, adding that huge funding is required to commercialise research findings in the universities.
He lamented that there were a lot of research findings in various universities yet to be commercialised due to paucity of funds and lack of risk takers.