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UniAbuja, ABU, Others Collaborates To Boost Animal Production

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The University of Abuja, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria and the National Animal Production Research Institute (NAPRI), are to collaborate on joint researches in animal production and veterinary medicine as well as on capacity building for the advancement of academic endeavours of both institutions.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the two institutions identified capacity building of University of Abuja staff in specialized areas, the provision of technical services and access to educational facilities to students of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Abuja as some of the key areas of the cooperation agreement to be pursued.

In statement signed and made available to newsmen in Abuja by the Deputy Registrar, Information, Waziri Garba, the MoU also covered NAPRI assisting University of Abuja to establish its own Artificial Animal Insemination Center, Shika brown and broiler type chicken testing centre, Dairy cross-bred heifer and indigenous breeds of cattle, the establishment of pasture in the University and assistance in laboratory analysis, among other joint research packages.

According to him, the two institutions would jointly supervise postgraduate students of Animal Science and collaborate on staff exchange, short term training, sabbatical leave and visiting, all aimed at boosting animal production and research for overall national agricultural growth.

In a related development, the University of Abuja has also signed an MoU with the Dave Omokaro African Institute on Ageing and Development (DOFRIAD), for partnership in researches and community outreach programmes on healthy ageing and development.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Professor M. U. Adikwu, said at a separate signing of the MoU ceremony at the University that the agreement was aimed at facilitating a globally relevant Africa-oriented ageing network that would stimulate critical thinking and innovation approach to tackling inherent challenges and opportunities in population ageing and sustainable development.  Chairperson of the Foundation, Dr. Emem Omokaro, singed on behalf of the Institute.

 

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