Blessing Bature, Abuja –
Twelve female students sponsored by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) to study for postgraduate degrees in science and technology at the African University of Science and Technology, Abuja (AUST), are expected to give a shot in the arm of Africa’s drive towards transformation as they join 86 others to graduate on Saturday during the AUST’s seventh commencement ceremony held in Abuja.
The students, from Republic of Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Liberia, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, who enjoyed full scholarships provided by ACBF in the 2016/2017 academic year, have successfully completed the Master of Science degrees in Computer Science, Materials Science and Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Pure and Applied Mathematics, and Theoretical and Applied Physics. Upon graduation, they would bring to 69, the number of post-graduates rigorously trained as some of Africa’s most innovative scientists and engineers, with scholarships from ACBF amounting to over US$1 million since 2013. Fifteen of those have graduated with PhDs.
Dr Coffi Noumon, special Advisor to the Executive Secretary, African Capacity Building Foundation and Manager of ACBF’s Office for West and Central Africa in Accra Building Foundation said All 12 ACBF beneficiaries who have graduated were selected under the Foundation’s scholarship program for young African women to propel Africa to actively support skills building in the critical fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to enable the continent, achieve its own development.
Nourwn however said having spearheaded and robustly coordinated capacity development programs worth over 700 million US dollars across 45 countries and 8 regional economic communities (RECs) in Africa since 1991, ACBF has gathered the requisite experience that makes it the go-to institution for expert knowledge and human resources to advise and support African countries, regional economic communities and institutions on decisive steps to take to develop the practical skills urgently required for the continent’s economic transformation.
“At ACBF, we will continue using our unmatched track record in managing financial facilities for development, our vast knowledge gathering experience thanks to the exceptional skills mix of our core staff as well as our strong strategic partnerships and networks to help countries and institutions identify their capacity needs, advise them on how to plug these capacity weaknesses and on where to find the knowledge and resources to develop the requisite capacity resources, effectively use them and retain them to achieve their short and long-term development objectives.”
2 ACBF Beneficiaries, Okereke Lois And Bello Habibat Onyioyibo thanked ABCF for infusing them with the right ingredients that would be needed to face the world and AUST has given them pratical knowledge that is needed to work in the world industry also we learn that the best way to develop a person is to ” teach a person how to fish and not to give fish to the person” ACBF has taught us how to fish so i will continue in research mathematics but most importantly to tearch and mentor others for them to trend the right part
The Honourable Minister, Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu congratulated all the graduates and charged them to be good ambassadors of the university and whatever they find tthemselves doing they will excel in their chosen careers.