By Akpeji Charles
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will enhance a collaborative efforts especially in the areas of research, had been signed between the Federal University of Wukari in Taraba state with some foreign universities.
The universities, as made known by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Abubakar Musa Kundiri, includes the university of Colorado the universities of Wolverhampton and the university of Manchester.
Speaking at the maiden convocation of the university, in Wukari Local Government Council, the V.C said the university which was among the federal universities established in 2011 by former President Goodluck Jonathan, has resolved around ” forging international collaboration with other global players in both the academia and industry.”
According to him ” we have signed a MoU with the University of Colorado, university of Wolverhampton and University of Manchester” adding that ” this agreement will be promoting collaborative efforts in research, staff training and exchange.”
The action, as stated by him would “undoubtedly earn our university the recognition of being an international player within the comity of global universities.”
Kundiri who said the university has mapped out plans to be ” one of the best universities in the country” said President Mohammadu Buhari, had approved for the institution ” a massive TETFund intervention of about N2.0 Billion in 2017.
More to the gesture, an additional N2.5 Billion in the next year ” in addition to N1.0 Billion normal intervention in 2017 and N1.3 Billion NEEDS ASSESSMENT INTERVENTION for the key development of infrastructure in our university.”
The leadership of the institution as reiterated by him ” shall implement this project with every sense of economy and commitment.”
Also speaking, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the council of the university, Alhaji Uba Ahmed Nana, noted that ” right thinking and patriotic Nigerians are more then ever’ united in the fight against corruption and insurgency.”
The federal government under President Buhari, as made known by him ” have demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt, it’s level of commitment and its ability to make Nigeria a safe haven, not only for its citizens, but to everyone who knows Nigeria.”
The convocation which led to the installation of the first Chancellor of the university, the Ona of Abaji, Alhaji Adamu Baba Yunusa, as observed by our correspondent, heralded the presence of academicians, politicians and business giants from the nooks and crannies of the country.